Although rumors have been circulating in recent months about Palm, Inc.’s plans for new smartphones, the discussion on New Handhelds has been comparatively quiet.
This is because, according to a market-research company, Palm isn’t going to release any new traditional handhelds for several months.
In a recent report, Gartner said that this company has decided to stretch out the time between product releases. The report goes on to say, “we think it could be several more months before new or upgraded models are launched.”
As Palm traditionally introduces new models in the spring and fall, if Gartner is correct, this means it is unlikely Palm will introduce any more handhelds until late this year.
This will surely be bad news for those who were hoping for LifeDrive 2 this season. The original Mobile Manager was released almost a year ago, and there was a great deal of expectation that an updated version would be out soon.
Handhelds Not Smartphones
It should be emphasized that these comments were discussing Palm’s traditional handhelds, not the Treo line, which Gartner classifies as smartphones.
Palm appears to be a bit more aggressive in its plans for these. The company’s CEO has repeatedly said that there will be four new Treo models this year. One of these has already come out, but it is not yet known when any of the others will be released.