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ALP v3.0 and ALP mini is announced, new Palm OS

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 6:06PM EST

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Access has been working on v3.0 of its Linux Platform and it’s turning out to be pretty sweet. Taking a look at that shot there, and going off the buzz about the new OS, the UI will be more robust and the animations are going to be smooth. This is a very nice way to pull the Palm OS out of the dark ages and into the 21st century. In addition to ALP v3.0, Access is releasing ALP mini which is a similar OS for low-end smartphones or non-phone devices like PMPs, MIDs, UMPCs, Internet tablets, and the like. NTT DoCoMo of Japan has already taken interest in ALP and will be using the new platform as early as the latter half of 2009. There aren’t too many technical details but there is a very rich list of features for you as well as more screen shots after the jump!

Telephony and Communications

  • Full-featured telephone application with speed dial,
    call forward/wait/hold/bar, & multi-party conferencing
  • OMA Device Management v1.2
  • Multihoming on GPRS and 3G networks
  • IMPS, SMS, MMS, Cell Broadcast, IMAP4, POP3

Input and Navigation

  • 12-key keypad with 5 way input and navigation support
  • Stylus based touch screen input and navigation support
  • Finger touch input and navigation
  • Accelerometer support

Desktop Software and HotSync Software

  • Manage personal information on a Windows XP or Vista desktop computer with the ACCESS™ Desktop or Microsoft Outlook to add, edit or delete contact records, calendar events, memos and tasks and synchronize using HotSync software, which now supports OMA DS v1.2 (SyncML)
  • Backup and restore information between the device and desktop as well as install native, Palm OS, Java applications and media files with HotSync
  • PIM synchronization over the air directly with operator synchronization services


  • A complete and integrated suite of free application development tools are available to ACCESS Linux Platform application developers through the SDK provided as part of the ACCESS Developer Network program.

Wireless and Connectivity Protocols

  • Telephony radios (including 3G) are easily integrated
    with the ACCESS Linux Platform telephony framework
  • TCP/IP
  • WiFi (802.11g)
  • Bluetooth® Technology 2.0 + EDR Technology
  • USB
  • IrDA
  • Serial

Application Environments

  • Native application development for the ACCESS Linux Platform includes GTK+ and the Hiker Application Framework™
  • Garnet™ VM allows properly written Garnet OS (formerly Palm OS) applications to run unaltered on an ACCESS Linux Platform mobile device
  • Java VM, JV-Lite™2 Wireless Edition software, including popular JSR modules including JSR 179 (location), JSR 135 (mobile media), and JSR 185 (wireless profile)

Language Support

  • English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese
    Additional locales and languages can be added


  • OMTP compliant security policy framework
  • VPN framework

Media Framework Components

  • Media selector
  • RTP/RTSP streaming
  • MP3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, MIDI, MPEG4-SP, H.263, H.264, WMA/WMV v9
  • OMA DRM v1.0 Forward lock, Combined and Separate Delivery

Hardware Requirements


  • 400 MHz ARM 9 or greater


  • 240 X 320 display QVGA (optimized for the platform)
  • 320 X 480 display HVGA
  • 800 X 480 display Widescreen (maximum)
  • 65k color support (minimum)
  • 256k color support (maximum)


  • 128MB RAM (minimum)
  • 128MB Flash EFIGS (minimum); two-byte localization
    or a 3G application suite may require more memory

Native Applications

  • NetFront™ Phone
  • NetFront™ Contacts
  • NetFront™ Calendar
  • NetFront™ Memos
  • NetFront™ Tasks
  • NetFront™ HotSync™ Manager
  • NetFront Browser
  • NetFront™ HandMail™
  • NetFront™ SMS+
  • NetFront™ iMessenger™
  • NetFront™ Music
  • NetFront™ Videos
  • NetFront™ Photos
  • NetFront™ Camera
  • NetFront™ Document Viewer
  • Utilities
    – NetFront™ Clock
    – NetFront™ Calculator
    – NetFront™ Recorder
    – NetFront™ Home Screen
    – NetFront™ File Manager

[Via Access]