[Editor's Note: We have been contacted by MotionApps to let us know they are not closing down the company.]
MotionApps, the developer behind Classic, the Palm OS emulation layer for HP webOS 1.x devices like the Pre and Pixi, has halted sales and turned over the source code and the intellectual property (IP) over to HP's Palm unit.
MotionApps has posted the following note to the Palm user community on their blog:
"We are sad to announce that Palm has removed Classic’s ROM from the new webOS 2.0 device ROM which will result in Classic not working if utilized with Palm’s new webOS 2.0.This is contrary to our agreement with Palm and was done without our approval or consent. Based on this action, MotionApps will immediately stop selling Classic. However, as a courtesy to our clients, we will continue to support existing Classic customers on webOS 1.x for the immediate future.Be that as it may, we believe in PalmOS and we want to do what we can to help Palm succeed in their future endeavors. So we decided to hand over the entire Classic source code and all of our accompanying IP to Palm so that Palm can do what they want to do with Classic and make it available with webOS 2.0.Palm now has all the pieces to manage and control Classic's future.Thank you all who supported us along the way and who love PalmOS the way we do.MotionApps Team"
"With the release of Palm webOS™ 2.0 MotionApps will no longer sell or support future versions of Classic.We have decided to hand the entire source code and all accompanying IP over to Palm so Palm can assume full control of Classic's future life and shape.We had great time building Classic and supporting its vibrant community. Palm's way of supporting MotionApps has become too disruptive for us and we no longer believe that we are in a position to provide our customers with the best product and service.Our work is who we are so we respectfully choose to exit."
"MotionApps, as a company, is not closing down along the decision to halt sales of Classic as a third-party application.
We are simply shutting down Classic as a product only to focus on other products and services that we are working on, some of which are public and some of which are yet to be released in the future."