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StyleTap Palm OS emulator app comes available for Android, for those wiling to shell out $50

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Those sporting an Android device and a strange desire to run older Palm OS apps — you are in luck. Well, you are as long as you are willing to shell out for the $49.99 purchase. Pricing aside though, the news comes in the form of a Palm OS emulator for Android, which comes by way of StyleTap.

The StyleTap Palm OS emulator promises to run “most” Palm OS apps provided you have an Android device with 2.2 or later. The “most” part comes in with the version of Palm OS, the emulator supports apps that were written for Palm OS version 5.2 or earlier and those that were written to support the native ARM code. Some of the other perks and points worth mentioning include a promise that the apps are “very fast” and that they often run “faster than on the native Palm OS devices.” The emulator supports TCP/IP connectivity, memory cards, audio recording, audio playback and even the GPS.

And lastly, there is a bit of happy news for those who may be a bit hesitant to shell out the money — you can download, install and run the emulator for free for 14-days.

Via [StyleTap] and [Engadget]

Keep reading to check out the full press release…

StyleTap Announces Immediate Availability of StyleTap® Platform for Android™

StyleTap Announces Immediate Availability of StyleTap® Platform for Android™
TORONTO, Canada, July 16, 2012 – StyleTap Inc. today announced the release of StyleTap Platform for Android™, which allows over 30,000 applications originally written for Palm OS® to run on Android smartphone and tablet devices.

“We have found that many users and businesses have made very large investments in acquiring and developing mobile applications, and these applications have been enhanced and refined to fit their needs like a glove,” said Gregory Sokoloff, CEO of StyleTap. “With all the new smartphone platforms, users are reluctant to lock themselves into one platform or to make the same investment over and over for each new platform. StyleTap’s cross-platform family of products can help make these problems go away.

“Although there are many useful and entertaining applications available through the various app stores, we receive a constant stream of emails from users telling us that they need StyleTap in order to keep running the applications, not available on any app store, that are critical to their lives and businesses.

“We are particularly delighted to support Android because the open nature of the Android ecosystem allows customers to take full advantage of the benefits of StyleTap without being limited by arbitrary restrictions such as those imposed by Apple.”

StyleTap Platform for Android supports standard features that include TCP/IP networking, audio recording and playback, the ability to use the multi-gigabyte storage as a virtual memory card, and cut/copy/paste of text between native and Palm OS applications. It also provides innovative capabilities such as giving Palm OS applications access to the Android GPS by providing location information in standard GPS NMEA format.

StyleTap Platform for Android is the newest member of the StyleTap Platform family, which includes StyleTap Platform for Windows Mobile™, StyleTap Platform for Symbian OS™, and StyleTap Platform for iPhone®. With StyleTap Platform, the same binary executable application can run on more smartphones and PDAs than for any other software runtime, while at the same time native code execution is supported on each device. For developers, this is “write once, profit everywhere.”

Interested users and developers can visit www.styletap.com/iphone for instructions on obtaining a free 14-day trial of the Android version. StyleTap Platform for Android can be purchased for US$49.95.

For more information about StyleTap Platform for Android, please visit www.styletap.com and subscribe to the StyleTap news blog.

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