Editor's Corner: The Treo 670 runs Windows?!

For the past week, rumors have been circulating about the upcoming Treo 670. The device, apparently manufactured by HTC, includes EV-DO support, Bluetooth, and a 1.3-MP camera. However, the most incredible part about the rumors is that the Treo 670 runs Windows Mobile 5.0. Palm (formerly PalmOne, formerly Palm) has supposedly been considering a jump to Linux or Windows for some time, but now it looks like they are ready to do it. Engadget has collected many pictures and videos of the new phone. As with all rumors, it's possible that this is an elaborate forgery, or that we're looking at some sort test device that is nowhere near production, but I think it's real and that big changes are in the works over at Palm.

In many ways a switch to Windows makes sense for Palm; PalmOS is currently being pushed to its limits by Palm's streaming media and pseudo-multitasking extensions. Furthermore, there simply isn't enough developer support to justify a move to Cobalt, PalmSource's next-generation PalmOS. But, to paraphrase one Engadget commenter, "First Apple switches to x86 and ships a multi-button mouse, now Palm devices are running Windows Mobile. The apocalypse is upon us!" - Eli