HandEra Giving Up its Palm OS License

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HandEra will no longer sell Palm OS handhelds under its own brand. Its license of the operating system will expire at the end of May and the company says it can’t afford to renew it.

HandEra 330 It will continue to sell its remaining inventory of HandEra 330 and TRGpro units until May 31. However, the 330 is no longer available on the company’s website. The company says it will “consider final orders on a case by case basis.” The TRG Pro is available for $220.

Rumors had been circulating for over a year that HandEra would release a version of the 330 with a color screen. At one point the company’s president was hopeful that it would release a model with Palm OS 5. Obviously neither of these will ever happen. Another thing that will also not happen is a Palm OS 4 upgrade for the 330, which the company promised in 2001.

This does not mean HandEra is going out of business. It has been concentrating on its consulting business for some time. It offers hardware, software, and mechanical services for companies developing handhelds, smartphones, and other mobile devices.

There might even be New Handhelds on the market designed by HandEra, they just won’t carry its brand name. Mark Kubovich, the company’s president, said, “HandEra will offer new products to serve the OEM mobile computing market in the near future.”

About the TRGpro and HandEra 330

HandEra was the second Palm OS licensee, through it was called TRG at the time. It began offering the TRGpro in 1999. This was quite similar to the Palm III series except that it included an integrated CompactFlash slot and a real speaker.

In 2001 it changed its name and released the HandEra 330. Again this was similar in shape to the Palm III series but used a 320-by-240 pixel, monochrome screen with virtual Graffiti. Like the TRGpro it included a CompactFlash slot. It also had a voice recorder and a better speaker than was then available on any Palm OS device.

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