PDA News – Over 30 Million Palms Sold, No VGA on Toshiba e800, Bluetooth printer

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Sales of Palm-powered devices reach 30 million

Total worldwide sales of all computers based on the Palm OS have reached a total of 30 million units. This includes all the variations made by all manufacturers including Palm, Sony, Handspring, and others.

It is important to remember that this does not neccessarily mean that there are 30 million Palms ‘in the wild’, since many of these will have long since become paperweights and doorstops, and no I’m not talking about the Palm Zires.


Toshiba e800 approved by FCC; will not include VGA screen

FCC approval has been granted for U.S. sale of the Toshiba e800 and e805 PocketPC, however the ‘official’ specifications do not match the rumored feature set. According to FCC documents, the e800/805 will have a PXA255 processor and 64 MB of RAM, but information leaked from online retailer J&R indicates 128 MB of RAM. Furthermore, the FCC documents appear to disprove initial reports of a 480 x 640 pixel VGA screen.

FCC page for Toshiba e800/805


Mobile Bluetooth printer for sale

Stationary and printer company Brother is manufacturing a miniaturized wireless thermal printer designed for use with handheld computers. The m-Print can output 100 pages or more pages of A7-size thermal paper on one charge of its internal Lithium-Ion battery, at a rate of four pages per minute, and supports infrared and Bluetooth from Palm, PocketPC, and desktop Windows computers.

Expansys is offering the printer for $448.



Palm OS 6 to be finalized Dec. 29th

PalmSource announced recently at a major developers’ conference that they would finalize Palm OS 6 on December 29th. In an interview with CNET Asia, PalmSource Chief Product Officer Larry Slotnick talked about some of the newly standardized features in Palm OS 6.0.

Slotnick said that many developers wanted more freedom to create devices with rotating screens, allowing both landscape and portrait views. Instead of leaving developers to use their own custom methods for implementing this functionality, PalmSource will support it in the Palm OS 6 API (application programming interface), making it standard across all OS 6 devices, Slotnick said.




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