PDA News – PPC Mag name change, HTC Universal “coming soon”, Samsung drops Palm?

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Pocket PC Magazine changes name

Pocket PC Magazine is changing its name to more explicitly include Windows-based smartphones. The newly named Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine has had Smartphone related content for approximately a year, but the company decided to make the inclusion more definite.

The publication originally launched in 1997 as Handheld Computing Magazine, then became PocketPC Magazine in 2000. The new name will debut on their 2006 Buyer’s Guide, available in November.

http://www.pocketpcmag.com/_top/news.asp

 

HTC Universal available for order from Orange UK

The much-anticipated HTC Universal, the first PocketPC phone with a VGA screen and Windows Mobile 5, is now listed by UK mobile phone provider Orange. The device, which also features a clamshell design, keyboard, and UMTS 3G data, is described on the site as “Coming soon.” No word on what timeframe that entails.

http://shop.orange.co.uk/shop/show/handset/orange_spv_m5000/detail

 

Samsung i500, i645 terminated; Palm development shut down?

Lots of news on the smartphone front from Samsung and their partner carriers.

Sprint has officially announced that they will no longer sell the Samsung SPH-i500 Palm OS smartphone. The only surprise in this announcement is that it took them so long–the i500 is over two and a half years old, has no expansion, a low-resolution screen, Palm OS 4, and 16 MB of RAM, all running on a 66 MHz processor.

http://palminfocenter.com/view_story.asp?ID=8025

Terminated right next to the i500 was the planned i645 Windows Smartphone. The device was originally scheduled to be carried on Verizon, and to be the first WM Smartphone to include EVDO 3G data. However, long delays made the device less competitive than it once was. According to Samsung, the decision was made jointly between themselves and Verizon. The i645’s place in Verizon’s lineup will reportedly be filled by a CDMA/EVDO version of the Motorola Q smartphone.

http://www.phonescoop.com/news/item.php?n=1340

Further to this story, there are reports circulating that Samsung has officially shutdown any further development of Palm OS based products, and will no longer be making any Palm based phones. While unconfirmed, this would be consistent with Samsung’s releases. The company hasn’t had a new Palm smartphone see significant distribution since 2003. The company has been concentrating their converged device efforts recently on their Windows Mobile line, including the popular i730.

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