PalmSource Announces New Wireless Initiatives

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PalmSource, the subsidiary of Palm Inc. that develops the Palm OS, has announced several agreements at the CTIA Wireless 2003 tradeshow that will bring new wireless functions to handhelds that run its operating system.

BREW Distribution System

QUALCOMM Incorporated and PalmSource have agreed to work together to enable over-the-air downloads of Palm OS applications directly to handhelds via QUALCOMM’s BREW Distribution System (BDS). The BDS manages the over-the-air delivery, billing, and payment of software.

These are not applications written in the BREW application development environment. PalmSource is just making use of the BREW distribution system.

“With the BDS as the mechanism to wirelessly deliver Palm OS applications to consumers and enterprises, Palm Powered smartphone and handheld users will no longer be tied to their desktop when they want to add functionality to their devices,” said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, president of QUALCOMM Wireless & Internet Group.

The companies did not announce when this service would begin.

Spontaneous sVPN

PalmSource and Spontaneous Technology (SponTec) are going to develop software that lets Palm Powered handhelds wirelessly and securely connect to corporate computing networks.

SponTec’s Virtual Private Network (sVPN) software will be integrated with HotSync, the software that communicates between a handheld and a desktop computer. This combination will give enterprise customers access to corporate applications and data behind the firewall from any wireless Palm OS device. Any application that HotSyncs will be able to work with sVPN.

It is not yet known when sVPN will be available.

Wireless Internet Caucus

Also, PalmSource has joined CTIA’s Wireless Internet Caucus (WIC) and Leadership Council. It will work with other industry leaders to accelerate wireless growth in the United States. WIC meets several times a year to find common solutions to the challenges facing the wireless industry and its customers. Albert Chu, vice president of business development, will represent PalmSource in the WIC Leadership Council, which serves as the organization’s governing body.

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