Palm CEO Says the Future of Mobile Devices Is Bound to the Internet

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The New York Times has published an extensive interview with Palm’s CEO, Ed Colligan.

In it, Colligan says that, in his opinion, the future of handhelds and smartphones is bound to the Internet.

“I think the Web has not been exploited to the level that it’s going to be on these devices,” he said.

RIM’s Troubles

The interview also talks about the problems RIM is having with the patent-infringement lawsuit brought by NTP, and what it means for Palm.

Colligan says he believes that the BlackBerry service isn’t actually going to be discontinued, despite all the doom and gloom reports in the press. Instead, he thinks that NTP and RIM and going to come to some kind of settlement.

Still, as Colligan says, any kind of nervousness among RIM’s customers can only benefit Palm.

He also discusses the advantages that Palm’s devices have over RIM’s, like the ability to play MP3 audio files.

Palm and Microsoft

Windows Mobile Treo Colligan also talks about his company’s new relationship with Microsoft. This comes in the wake of the announcement of the Treo 700w, the first smartphone from Palm running an operating system created by Microsoft.

He even discusses his company’s competition with Apple’s music players. Although Palm’s handhelds and iPods are, on the surface, quite different, they perform some of the same functions. This has led to some contention between the two companies.

The full New York Times interview can be found on this newspaper’s web site.

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