Palm OS

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Palm OS (also known as Garnet OS) is a mobile operating system initially developed by Palm, Inc. for personal digital assistants (PDAs) in 1996. Palm OS is designed for ease of use with a touchscreen-based graphical user interface. It is provided with a suite of basic applications for personal information management. Later versions of the OS have been extended to support smartphones. Several other licensees have manufactured devices powered by Palm OS.

Following Palm's purchase of the Palm trademark, the currently licensed version from ACCESS was renamed Garnet OS. In 2007, ACCESS introduced the successor to Garnet OS, called Access Linux Platform and in 2009, the main licensee of Palm OS, Palm, Inc., switched from Palm OS to webOS for their forthcoming devices.


Creator and ownership

Palm OS was originally developed under the direction of Jeff Hawkins at Palm Computing, Inc.[1] Palm was later acquired by U.S. Robotics Corp.,[2] which in turn was later bought by 3Com,[3] which made the Palm subsidiary an independent publicly traded company on March 2, 2000.[4]

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