Palm chief executive Ed Colligan revealed in a financial earnings conference call yesterday that both wireless carriers and software developers already have devices running the new Palm Nova OS. Colligan aggressively said that Nova would play a vital role in returning the company to the way they were in fiscal 2010.
Palm is expected to announce the first devices to run the new Nova OS at CES 2009. “Our first next generation phone is set for launch in the first half of calendar year 2009 as planned,” Colligan said. “It’s early in this space, and there’s an enormous amount of opportunity left” for new handheld OS and device entrants, he said. So far Colligan has been “extremely pleased at [the] positive reaction” of carriers when showing off the new platform.
They have brought some existing software developers over to ensure the new platform launches with third party software support. Colligan also said that Palm would also continue to develop Windows Mobile products in the future. Palm will be moving the new operating system towards consumer applications, whereas “Windows Mobile will continue to be our platform of choice for enterprise devices.”