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Our online glossary is here to help you make sense of the terminology used in the cell phone industry. It covers mobile technologies, such as 3G and 4G, and even includes a bit of information on smartphone operating systems and the companies that make the cell phones and other mobile technology devices we all use.

What is "PalmSource"?

PalmSource is the operating system division of Palm that was spun off in 2002. Palm then renamed itself palmOne, but has since renamed itself once again back to Palm. In 2004 PalmSource acquired China MobileSoft, a Chinese company that was developing a version of the Linux OS for mobile devices. PalmSource then announced that the next version of the Palm OS would run on top of Linux, and that the upcoming Palm OS 6 (aka Cobalt) OS would be killed off. PalmSource was since purchased by ACCESS in 2005, and in late 2007 dropped Palm from its name completely, now calling itself ACCESS, like its parent. In January 2007 ACCESS announced that it was dropping the Palm OS name for its OS offering and would instead call it the Garnet OS. Garnet was the codename for Palm OS v5.

Also known as: "ACCESS"

See Also: Palm, Linux, operating system, Palm OS

Referred to by: Palm, Palm OS

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