In an effort to expand the functionality of wireless enabled Palm OS devices, PalmSource has announced a plan to allow over the air (OTA) delivery of Palm OS software. Part of the announcement includes participation by Sprint, so all you Treo 600 people will be able to snag thousands of titles.
Carriers will quickly get on board with this initiative I would think. T-Mobile, Cingular, Verizon and others who offer integrated wireless units have the opportunity to make more money without having to do a whole lot to get there. This is good for consumers too, the concept of software on demand has been bantered about quite a bit of late. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, stay tuned for more information.
PalmSource Launches Palm Powered MobileWorld
New Initiative Unites Mobile Operators, Infrastructure Providers and Software Developers to Boost Adoption of the Palm OS Platform in Consumer and Enterprise Markets
LAS VEGAS, Nev., Nov. 17, 2003, COMDEX Booth #10448 – PalmSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: PSRC) provider of Palm OS®, a leading operating system powering next generation mobile devices and smartphones announced today the launch of the Palm Powered MobileWorld program. The Palm Powered MobileWorld program connects mobile operators, infrastructure providers and software developers in a wireless ecosystem that capitalizes on the growing smartphone market.
The Palm Powered MobileWorld program consists of two key elements. The first element of the Palm Powered MobileWorld program is designed to make Palm OS the most service-ready platform for smart mobile devices by providing leading mobile operators the opportunity to collaborate with PalmSource to integrate their feedback and requirements into the Palm OS platform development efforts. The second element enables leading mobile operators to work closely with PalmSource to create a select catalog of software titles for over-the-air (OTA) delivery to Palm Powered™ smartphones. This MobileWorld catalog will draw from over 20,000 Palm OS software titles tailored to the consumer and enterprise markets, giving mobile operators the opportunity to increase averagerevenue and average margin per user by selling Palm Powered smart mobile devices with a MobileWorld catalog of software applications
Announced separately today, Sprint is the first charter mobile operator partner in the Palm Powered MobileWorld program. PalmSource and Sprint will collaborate to provide the best wireless business solutions for Sprint’s Palm Powered PCS Vision Smart Device customers. The agreement underlines Sprint’s commitment to Palm OS, a leading platform in the mobile market and reinforces PalmSource’s goal to become the platform leader in the smartphone market.
“Palm Powered MobileWorld is a key strategic initiative designed to ignite the growth of the new wireless Palm economy,” said David Nagel, president and chief executive officer of PalmSource, Inc. “We believe that this program creates a tremendous revenue-generating opportunity for mobile operators, infrastructure providers and software developers. Palm Powered MobileWorld also makes it easier for customers to purchase wireless Palm OS applications over-the-air from their Palm Powered smartphone, changing the whole user experience of buying and installing applications on smart mobile devices.”
According to Andrew Seybold, Founder, Outlook 4 Mobility, “The Palm Powered MobileWorld program is a strong step forward for PalmSource by aligning and strengthening their relationship with mobile operators to drive growth in the smartphone market. Also, the program gives mobile operators a competitive advantage by leveraging PalmSource’s enormous developer community that delivers applications in nearly every vertical market.”
Palm Powered MobileWorld provides the 275,000-strong Palm OS developer community technical support and marketing resources to build and promote wireless applications through the new PalmSource software store, announced separately today. Under this program, PalmSource will test software applications for ease of over-the-air download from the new software store to Palm Powered smart mobile devices. Palm Powered MobileWorld offers Palm OS developers an additional revenue stream and increased exposure for their wireless applications to mobile operators worldwide.
Some of the most popular Palm OS applications are now available for OTA delivery on Palm Powered smartphones, including:
• Bejeweled by Astraware. Bejeweled is one of the most popular puzzle games for Palm OS.
• MobileDB by Handmark. MobileDB is a productivity tool for Palm OS that allows a user to manage data lists.
• SplashMoney by SplashData. SplashMoney is a personal finance application for Palm Powered smart mobile devices that provides money management while on the go.
Palm Powered MobileWorld also offers mobile infrastructure partners additional distribution channels into the wireless market. Infrastructure providers that are charter members of the Palm Powered MobileWorld program include:
• PalmGear, powering the new PalmSource software store;
• Good Technology, providing standards-based enterprise systems for wireless messaging and information access;
• Mobilitec, providing the infrastructure for the delivery of mobile applications and services;
• Pinpoint, providing the infrastructure provisioning and delivery of wireless Palm OS applications;
• Pumatech, delivering carrier-grade, end-to-end Palm OS synchronization software and services;
• Visto, providing mobile messaging middleware solutions and services for mobile operators, enterprises and mobile workers;
• WideRay, enabling the delivery of wireless Palm OS applications through beaming stations in operator retail stores.
PalmSource, Inc. is the company behind Palm OS, a leading operating system for mobile information devices. More than 30 million Palm Powered handhelds and smartphones have been sold to date worldwide. Industry leaders Aceeca, AlphaSmart, Fossil, Garmin, GSL, HuneTec, Kyocera, Lenovo, palmOne, PerComm, Samsung, Sony, Symbol Technologies and Tapwave license Palm OS to create diverse mobile devices that meet unique customer needs. Palm OS has given rise to a large community of users, enterprises, developers and manufacturers, who together make up the Palm economy. More information about PalmSource is available at www.palmsource.com, http://www.palmsource.co.uk, http://www.palmsource.fr, http://www.palmsource.de and http://www.palmsource.com.cn.
Palm OS is a registered trademark and Palm Powered is a trademark of Palm Trademark Holding Company, LLC. Other brands may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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