One more nail in the coffin of Palm

According to Palm’s website:

JVM download for Palm OS® devices no longer available from Palm

As of January 12, 2008, Palm no longer has rights to distribute the IBM WebSphere Micro Environment Java Virtual Machine (JVM) to our customers. JVM allows users to install and run Java applications and games on Palm OS® devices.

Palm is not able to offer the JVM download or version upgrades. We will continue to support existing installations of JVM on our website.

Opera Mini
We have advised Opera support that the Palm OS JVM is no longer available. There is no alternate Java Virtual Machine that we are aware of for Palm OS. We know of no way to run Opera Mini on Palm OS if you do not already possess the JVM. We regret the inconvenience.

Sigh. I wish the iPhone SDK licensing didn’t suck so much (which is also preventing the release of a JVM for the iPhone). Or that the Android phones had some hope of being more than vaporware in the near future.

My Treo 650 won’t last forever. And I refuse to run Windows on my phone. What’s a geek to do? As noted on the Palm Blog, the Centro seems to be the only thing left in the lineup to move to (of course Verizon doesn’t support it), but it’s still the same ancient platform, with no new features except coming in a nicer package. I want wifi, I want bluetooth that doesn’t suck, I want a web browser that doesn’t suck. I fear I am destined to be disappointed.


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5 thoughts on “One more nail in the coffin of Palm

  1. I’m trying to decide what kind of smartphone to buy. So far the Nokia N95 is high on the list. I won’t run Windows on my phone and I won’t do business with Sprint again. The iPhone doesn’t run ssh and doesn’t support tethering, even though there are no technical reasons why it couldn’t.
    Decisions, decisions.

  2. My needs are even simpler. All I want is a clamshell that can be my address book . Nada. The two apparently don’t exist in combination.

  3. I thought Java was going FOSS with JVM 1.6, and thus that it could be ported anywhere there were people who were willing to do the portation?
    This just sounds like the “IBM WebSphere Micro Environment Java Virtual Machine” port is EOLed (or maybe Palm didn’t want to pay whatever IBM wanted for service/support/whatever of their portation efforts).
    So Palm, or anyone else who can develop for Palm OS, has an open field to make a JVM port….

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