Native OS Windows Mobile Tops Developer Survey

Windows Mobile 6.0 comes up highest in native mobile operating systems, according to a recent Evans Data survey reported at InfoWorld. A worldwide survey of 384 developers was conducted worldwide in May and June. Since the results add up to > 100%, respondents were able to select more than one answer.

Ed Colligan interview by APC

Finally some news from Palm about their roadmap. David Flynn of APC, an Australian computer magazine, recently conducted an interview with Palm's CEO, Ed Colligan.

A peek at Nova:

"Colligan speaks of this as being a “next-generation operating system with much more capabilities, driven around the Internet and Web-based applications”. "

He further discusses the Centro:

Perception is Reality. Why Palm OS software sales have plummeted in 2008

Palm OS software sales are dead. Most developers will tell you that at the end of 2007 their sales dropped below sustainable levels, even below levels where support is justified. Some developers responded by offering existing titles for free with no support, others have closed completely, while many are looking to port quickly to newer platforms with greater potential. However, according to the buzz online, Palm OS has been slowly dying for three or more years now. And Centro sales have hit one million. So why the sudden sharp drop in sales?

Why do you think Palm OS software sales have dropped dramatically in 2008?

Delay of new OS (Palm II/Nova) until 2009+.
11% (10 votes)
Uncertainty of backward compatibility of current apps with upcoming OS.
5% (5 votes)
Why buy software when the Palm OS (Garnet) will soon be obsolete?
10% (9 votes)
Centro is marketed to different users who don't buy software (or are uninformed).
13% (12 votes)
Carriers are discouraging software with warning messages.
2% (2 votes)
Perception that Palm Nova is vaporware and Palm will soon die out.
14% (13 votes)
Users only buy "Designed for Palm Products"-designated software now.
0% (0 votes)
Palm Gear closed, giving negative perception of Palm's future.
11% (10 votes)
No press on Palm Nova status. (i.e. No news is not good news.)
2% (2 votes)
Software market is saturated--no new users adding software, current users have all they want.
13% (12 votes)
Freeware choices are better than shareware/commercial.
2% (2 votes)
iPhone apps are coming.
14% (13 votes)
What? Software sales are normal.
4% (4 votes)
Total votes: 94
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