Even though the Tungsten T, the first device with OS 5 is barely coming off the production line, details have been released on the pending Palm OS 6. This version will integrate technology and probably some UI from Be which was acquired by Palm last year.
The new OS will feature multimedia and graphics frameworks drawn from BeOS, PalmSource’s Michael Mace told us. Mace says this is real BeOS code, but Steve Sakoman, the team’s former leader at Be Inc, and now PalmSource’s “chief products officer” has denied that Be code would be incorporated into the new OS. More likely, we suspect, the new OS will inherit some algorithms and architecture from BeOS.