How Palm's OS Tried To Go From PDAs to Smartphones

After today's remarks from Palm Co-CEO Ed Colligan, the Palm OS is officially dead as far as new updates and development goes. But here's a look at its evolution over its 13-year lifespan

Palm OS will continue to exist for a short while in the Centro, but after that, it's done. Palm OS was never intended to work as smartphone software when it was created in the mid-90s. It was PDA software that kept having additional functionality packed onto it's modest frame, giving the core OS a lifespan of 13 years.

Dan Lyons said it best when commenting: "It was a bit like using a lawn-mower engine to build a go-kart, then adding a bigger chassis and turning the go-kart into a real car, then turning that into a plane, and then trying to make the plane fly to the moon." Here's a look at how the Palm OS evolved over it's lifespan. Rest in peace, Palm OS. We hardly knew ye.

Palm OS Timeline (1996-2009)

How Palm's OS Tried To Go From PDAs to Smartphones

How Palm's OS Tried To Go From PDAs to Smartphones

How Palm's OS Tried To Go From PDAs to Smartphones

How Palm's OS Tried To Go From PDAs to Smartphones

How Palm's OS Tried To Go From PDAs to Smartphones