PDA News – Palm OS Phone Edition, Fossil watch delayed, GPRS CompactFlash card

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 PalmSource plans OS 5 Phone Edition

Following the release of Palm OS 6 in the beginning of next year, PalmSource plans to continue developing Palm OS 5 as a low-cost option for budget smartphones, according to PalmSource CEO David Nagel. The lower hardware requirements of Palm OS 5 versus OS 6 make it attractive in attempting to create a cheap Palm smartphone at a price point of $200 or less, which Palm has talked about before. PalmSource declined to offer a specific timeframe for the special smartphone-enhanced version of OS 5, except that it will likely come out some time in 2004.

 

Fossil PDA watch delayed indefinitely

From the gee-I-couldn’t-see-that-one-coming department, Fossil has placed a hold on the release of its Palm OS watch, and online retailer Amazon has apparently decided to treat the item as discontinued. Fossil adamantly stated that the watch was not discontinued, merely on hold, but what else would they say? The already lackluster response to the Palm OS watch lurched towards coma earlier this year when the original release date in June was pushed back to July, then September 31st.

It has been pointed out that since there is no September 31st, this may have been a bad omen for the future of the product. 

The company issued a statement about the delay reading: “Fossil apologizes for the delayed WristPDA launch. Flextronics, our production partner, has been unable to meet initial inventory requirements for the launch.” This may have something to do with the fact that Flextronics recently lost a lawsuit, to the tune of $1 billion U.S. dollars. Either way, the future looks dim for the WristPDA.

 

New GPRS CF card from Asus

Asustek, a division of Asus, has obtained FCC approval for U.S. marketing of a new GSM/GPRS CompactFlash card that will offer both voice and data capabilities. The card is compatible with PocketPC 2002 and laptop Windows PCs (with adapter), and may work with Windows Mobile 2003.

GPRS card

Prototype of the Asustek GPRS card, given to the FCC

More information and photos are available at the FCC website:

GPRS CompactFlash card

 

Wireless multiplayer RifleSlugs

Paragon Software’s popular action/strategy game now supports both local and remote wireless multiplayer gaming via infrared, Bluetooth, or internet connection.

http://www.penreader.com/PalmOS/RifleSLUGs-II.html

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