PalmSource in Talks with Sony Ericsson

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PalmSource and Sony Ericsson are discussing the possibility of the mobile phone company releasing devices running the Palm OS.

In an interview last spring with AlwaysOn, the CEO of Sony admitted he wasn’t terribly happy with the arrangement his company has with Ericsson to make smart phones running the Symbian OS.

Nobuyuki Idei, Chairman and CEO of Sony, said, “In terms of our OS strategy, it is not clear whether Symbian … is the right way to go for the mobile phone. And I can’t tell you why Sony has a Symbian OS on its phones and Palm OS on its PDAs. Even Bill Gates asked me if I was crazy.”

Earlier this week, David Nagel, the CEO of PalmSource, mentioned in an interview with Dow Jones that his company is in talks with Sony Ericsson. However, he didn’t give any details. Still, it is a sign that there may yet be Sony Ericsson smart phones running the Palm OS from this partnership.

Five years ago, a group of companies got together to found Symbian to develop and licence the Symbian OS. However, some cracks have recently emerged in the partnership. For example, Motorola, one of the founders, announced last month it will sell its share of the Symbian partnership to two others members.

At the same time, PalmSource will become an independent company at the end of this month and is aggressively looking for new licensees to increase its revenue.

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