Emblaze kills the First Else, leaving ALP as the OS without a phone 37
Oldtimers from the days when there was just TreoCentral may remember the Access Linux Platform (ALP) developed by Access. We care about Access because they purchased PalmSource and subsequently the Palm OS and all work on the then next-generation Palm OS 6 platform. ALP eventually came from Access’ purchase and they’ve been struggling for years to get the OS onto devices. The latest version, 3.0, was unveiled way back in February. Of 2009.
It wasn’t until that November that the first and to our knowledge only licensee stepped up and revealed a handset running ALP: Emblaze and the First Else. Now, seven months later, the First Else has been unceremoniously killed by Emblaze, leaving ALP again as a promising OS that cannot be easily found on any branded, consumer-facing hardware products. In a world where even once-mighty Palm is struggling to gain traction, it’s even more difficult for a new player to enter the smartphone space with even a refined-and-refined-again version 3.0.
Does this spell the end for ALP? We’re not going to put an entry in the obituaries just yet, but we’d be mighty surprised if ALP doesn’t die a quiet, lonely death over the next few months.