Dell: No plans to enter phone market
During an earnings conference call on Thursday, Dell’s CEO Kevin Rollins commented on rumors that the company was planning on entering the cellular-wireless market in 2006. Rollins described the rumors as inaccurate, and added “We have no intentions or plans to go into the cell phone business.” This follows widespread rumors that the company planned was expanding their successful line of handheld computers to include smartphones some time next year. When asked later specifically about the possibility of an Axim PocketPC phone, a Dell spokesperson added “We have no immediate plans to announce such a project.”
Amazon posts page for PalmOne LifeDrive
Online retailer Amazon.com has posted a product for the “PalmOne LifeDrive Mobile Manager.” Along with a price of $499 and a May 18th availability date, the page includes the following information:
- Quickly drag and drop files from your PC onto your LifeDrive mobile manager.
- Intel 416MHz XScale processor
- Portrait and landscape viewing
- 320×480 hi-resolution, color display
- LifeDrive smart file management
It’s one of the worst kept secrets on Earth that PalmOne is preparing a new model. However, at this time we cannot comment on any possible new releases until they are announced by PalmOne.
Report: iPAQ hw6500 delayed to November; will include WiFi, WinMobile 5
A report given to a PocketPCThoughts editor, from a source deemed reliable, states that the expected iPAQ hw6500 PocketPC phone will be delayed until November, rather than being released within the next month as expected. The stated reasoning was that the company is wary of repeating the disasterous defects of the iPAQ h6300 PocketPC phone.
Also, contradicting all earlier reports, the source states that the hw6500 will include built-in WiFi wireless networking, in addition to the expected Bluetooth, GPS, and GSM/EDGE features, and that it will ship with Windows Mobile 5.0.
Last, the source reportedly made mention of a previously unknown ‘smartphone’ device that is supposed to be launched in the interim, along with the Cingular version of the iPaq h6300. No other details on the ‘smartphone’ device were available.
Chainpus announces Bluetooth gamepad
Chainpus has announced the first Bluetooth gamepad designed for mobile devices. The device runs from 3.5 to 39 hours on one AAA battery, depending on use, and supports Windows Mobile PocketPC, Windows Mobile Smartphone, Symbian Series 60, and Symbian UIQ. No Palm OS support. No word on pricing or availability.