ACCESS CO., LTD., has revealed the new ACCESS Powered logo and announced it is renaming Palm OS to Garnet OS. The new ACCESS Powered logo replaces the Palm Powered logo and is now used with products from both ACCESS and PalmSource, Inc. (now known as ACCESS Systems Americas, Inc.).
Back in October 2006 ACCESS announced that its subsidiary PalmSource, Inc. had begun the process of changing its name to ACCESS. As part of that process, along with its previously announced agreement with Palm, Inc., to sell PalmSource’s rights in the Palm Trademark Holding Company to Palm, ACCESS is renaming all products that originally had Palm-based names. The first product to be renamed is Palm OS, which is now known as Garnet OS.
ACCESS customers may include the ACCESS Powered logo on their ACCESS compatible devices, either on the hardware itself, or on splash screens. The logo may also be included on customers’ packaging, marketing and sales collateral, tradeshow exhibits and other promotional items.
The Garnet OS supports a range of screen resolutions and expanded support for wireless connections including Bluetooth. It also includes multimedia capabilities, a suite of security options, and support for a broad set of languages. Garnet OS also offers flexibility for licensees to customize the software to build devices for different market segments such as phone, multimedia, educational or enterprise.
Garnet OS is delivered to licensees as part of the Product Development Kit (PDK). A Software Development Kit (SDK), that allows third party developers to create applications or test their compatibility with Garnet OS, is also available on the ACCESS Developer Network website.
In addition to Garnet OS, ACCESS is developing its next-generation platform for mobile phones and converged devices, called ACCESS Linux Platform (ALP). This is a fully integrated, commercial grade Linux-based platform for mobile phones and devices. The ACCESS Linux Platform will include a Garnet OS compatibility layer, currently known as GHost (Garnet Host)
ACCESS says that most properly written 68K Garnet OS applications will run on ACCESS Linux Platform-based devices with little or no modification.