PDA News – iPaq upgrade schedule, RealOne Mobile updated, Discount GPS with Toshiba PPCs

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Details for iPaq PocketPC 2003 upgrades

iPaq users can now have a clearer idea of when they will be able to upgrade their PocketPCs to the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system. These are still somewhat tentative numbers, so mix with salt before serving.

iPAQ Pocket PC 5450 Series:
English Mid July
French End of July
German Mid to end of July
Italian Early August
Spanish Mid August
Brazilian Portuguese Mid to end August
Traditional Chinese End of August
Simplified Chinese Early September

iPAQ Pocket PC H3900 Series:
English Mid July
French Early September
German Mid July
Italian Early September
Spanish Early September

iPAQ Pocket PC H3800 Series:
English October



Real updates player for PalmOS

The RealOne Mobile player for Palm handhelds has been updated to version 1.1. Curiously though, the Real site makes no mention of what is new in 1.1 or why one should upgrade.



Toshiba and Pharos offer GPS coupons

Starting soon, new buyers of the Toshiba e350, e355, e750, e755 PocketPCs will also get a coupon for up to $50 off on Pharos navigation products. The new offer is the result of a partnership between the two companies to combine mobile computing and navigation into a package that will appeal to highly-mobile users. Details on claiming the discounts are included with the coupon inside newly shipped Toshiba PocketPC boxes.



Magcard reader for Palm PDAs

Scanning Devices, Inc. has created a new magnetic-stripe card reader for use with Palm handhelds. The clip-on reader supports all Palm handhelds with the Universal connector, including the m500 and Tungsten lines. The new MagStripe 2500 comes with two or three tracks, and several different coding options for differing applications.

Though it may seem rather dry, this is good news for Palm-powered PDAs in general. Recently Palm has been suffering in the enterprise sector from the loss of Handera, Symbol’s abandonment of the Palm OS, a lack of serious new enterprise capabilities for Palm, and the relentless encroach of PocketPCs. This may indicate a fresh return to the Palm space and it’s potential for specialty uses.



Palm Inc expands in Brasil

The hardware division of Palm has opened a new facility in Brasil’s Sao Paulo state to provide Zire, Zire 71, and Tungsten handhelds to the expanding Brasilian market. The new factory, capable of producing 30,000 handhelds per month, is currently idling at half that rate as Palm increases it’s efforts to sell Palm-powered PDAs in Brasil, focusing on the corporate market. The hardware company wants to increase corporate sales from 25% to 35% of it’s current Brasilian revenue.




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