This summer, JVC announced plans to release a pair of handhelds running Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC. The company has now dropped plans to release these.
However, this doesn’t mean the company won’t be entering the Pocket PC market. According to a company spokesperson, JVC will still release what would have been its second generation of handhelds. These are expected to be available in the first half of 2004.
JVC’s General Manager, Corporate Communications said his company’s first products were delayed because of component problems. “We’ve had second generation units in the works at the same time, of course, and we finally decided to just cancel the first units and just go straight to the second-generation models because the window between the two was shrinking.”
Developing a handheld can be a difficult process, and it’s especially hard for companies who have never done so before. JVC is certainly not the only company to run into significant problems making its initial handheld. Gateway was supposed to launch its first Pocket PC this summer but announced in August it has indefinitely delayed its release. Just last week Fossil said it wasn’t sure when it would be able to put its Palm Powered Wrist PDA on the market and the release of Garmin’s iQue 3600 was delayed a bit.
The cancelled Pocket PCs would have been part of JVC’s iO line. At their announcement in June, the company said these models would have an audio and video player and other features to make them ideal portable multimedia devices.
The JVC spokesperson declined to reveal any details about the Pocket PCs his company will release next year, but it is likely they will also have a multimedia focus.