As part of their goal to get more Palm OS powered Smartphones to market more quickly, PalmSource has signed on three new ODMs that will make Smartphones using the Garnet and Cobalt operating systems. These models will be pre-certified by carriers, so all it will take is a group to market, sell and support the devices. Once adopted, an ODM design could be to market in a fraction of the time starting from scratch would take.
PalmSource is certainly being more aggressive in getting devices to market than any other operating system developer. While exact stats are hard to find for the Smartphone market, in the US the Palm OS holds a commanding lead thanks to devices like the Treo 600. With PalmSource actively trying to make it easier to bring these devices to market, there's little reason to think they'll do anything but grow market share.
Expect more PalmSource news as their European DevCon kicks off tomorrow in Munich.
PalmSource Announces Three ODM Partners
New ODM Partners GSPDA, Inventec Appliances Corp. and PiTech to Speed Time to Market and Reduce Development Costs for Palm Powered Smart Mobile Devices
SUNNYVALE, Calif., September 27, 2004 — PalmSource, Inc., (NASDAQ: PSRC) provider of Palm OS®, a leading operating system powering next generation mobile devices and smartphones, today announced that GSPDA, Inventec Appliances Corp. (IAC) and Portable Innovation Technology Limited (PiTech) have licensed Palm OS to design and develop Palm Powered™ smart mobile devices. As ODM partners, the three companies will provide Palm OS original equipment manufacturer (OEM) licensees with a one-stop solution for bringing innovative Palm Powered mobile products to market faster and more efficiently.
The PalmSource ODM program offers ODM partners access to the Palm OS Product Development Kit (PDK), enabling the research, design and development of innovative Palm Powered smartphones and wireless devices running either Palm OS Cobalt or Palm OS Garnet. By working with PalmSource ODM partners, OEM licensees can benefit from faster time to market for new Palm Powered mobile devices, freeing up technical resources for innovative differentiation based on market needs.
"Mobile devices continue to evolve to meet users' demand for innovation and ease-of-use," said Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies. "PalmSource's efforts with its ODM partners is a step forward, driving faster time-to-market for a diverse class of Palm Powered mobile devices that meet consumers' personal and professional needs."
"Partnering with industry leading ODMs builds on the Palm OS® platform's movement to define the handheld and smartphone industry standards of ease-of-use, flexibility and compatibility," said David Nagel, president and CEO of PalmSource. "We believe our ODM partners offer Palm OS licensees the necessary tools, resources and expertise to drive further innovation in the mobile device market, stimulating growth throughout the Palm Powered™ Economy."
"Becoming an ODM partner enables GSPDA to expand its distribution worldwide and work with channel partners interested in offering innovative Palm Powered smartphones and wireless devices," said Thomas Tam, managing director, Group Sense Ltd. "The ODM partnership with PalmSource will enable our distribution partners to offer GSPDA's leading edge smartphones under their own brand."
"As a PalmSource ODM partner, Inventec Appliances Corp. is now in a position to assist Palm OS OEM licensees with their product design and development efforts," said Joyce Chang, vice president at Inventec Appliances Corp. "We look forward to working with Palm OS OEM licensees to help them reduce their time to market as they develop and deliver innovative smartphones and mobile devices."
"PiTech is pleased to extend its relationship with PalmSource by becoming an ODM partner," said Lyon Lau, executive director of business development for Portable Innovation Technology Limited. "As an ODM partner, we can offer complete turnkey services for the design and manufacture of Palm Powered smartphones and mobile devices."
PalmSource's ODM partners play a fundamental role in the product development cycle by enabling OEM licensees to reduce research and development costs while defining new categories of mobile products. The new PalmSource ODM program will also further strengthen the Palm Powered Economy by facilitating new business relationships among ODM partners, OEM licensees and Palm Powered Mobile World partners.
PalmSource ODM partners offer a wide variety of professional services focused on the design and manufacture of smart mobile devices, including handhelds, smartphones, feature phones, tablets and electronic dictionaries. By leveraging the ODM partners' industry knowledge and expertise, Palm OS OEM licensees can gain a competitive advantage in the development of new mobile devices delivering the ease-of-use, performance and software compatibility standards Palm OS has established in the handheld and smartphone industries.
To date, more than 35 million Palm Powered devices have been sold worldwide, making Palm OS a platform of choice for leading hardware manufacturers looking to create differentiated products for the global communications, industrial, enterprise, education and entertainment markets.
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