Brighthand listened to a Palm conference call and heard the firm plans to release devices with its next operating system by the middle of next year - that's a couple of months later than expected.
On the surface this might seem like good news, but for many months this company has been committing to having smartphones running Palm OS II out in early 2009. The fact that it has switched its language is a sign that the release of this operating system has almost certainly slipped a bit.
Specifically, Palm said the work on the new operating system and its associated software will be complete by the end of this year.
The handsets running this platform -- which is typically referred to as either Palm OS II or by its code-name Nova -- will be on the market in the first half of 2009.
Palm has to be somewhat vague about the release timing because it can't directly control this. The consumer-oriented devices that will run Palm OS II will need to be sold through wireless carriers, who will control when they are launched.