Palm hoping for a spark with Nova OS

Palm is pinning its hopes for renewed success on the launch of its new operating system, code-named "Nova," which it will debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

When the curtain goes up on CES in Las Vegas, Palm hopes its Nova platform, details of which it has guarded quite closely, will wow and give the beleaguered handset maker a much-needed comeback. Earlier this month Palm, beset by falling sales as it struggles in the smartphone market, released its revenue numbers ahead of its second fiscal quarter results, posting between $190 million and $195 million, well below Wall Street expectations. 

Palm brought in Jon Rubenstein, formerly an Apple product development specialist who led development on the iMac and iPod, to help turn around the flagging company in mid-2007. Rubenstein has said that Nova will bridge the market between enterprise-oriented BlackBerry devices from Research In Motion and more consumer-centric ones like Apple's iPhone 3G.

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