01/06/2009, 10:10 PM
I think you're crazy. Ok, not you, but the idea that backwards compatability is a bad idea.
It doesn't make any sense to me to give the Nova OS backwards compatibility with POS as it would cut into the revenue streams of the developers you are trying to get onboard.
It's real simple. If Nova has no backwards compatability, then Palm is like any other smartphone out there -- new OS, plenty of promise, and few software apps (if any). In this way they are NO different than Android, Symbian, Blackberry OS'es which are trying to turn phone OS'es into mobile device platforms with lots of applications. Why would any consumer want yet another new device with no apps when consumers can get plenty of "new with no apps" from Symbian and Blackberry? (and plenty of "new with lots of apps" from iPhone)
If Nova does have backwards compatability, then you've instantly got a new flashy device which has more apps than all the other platforms probably put together (except possibly WinMo/PocketPC).
If Nova isn't backwards compatable, then how could I choose Nova with NO medical software apps compared to iPhone with a growing multitude? Thousands upon tens (or hundreds?) of thousands of physicians like me will look at the same issue and walk away from Palm. Tons of us have Palm PDA's (and probably will for at least a year or two, even if Palm fizzles).