PDA News – Sony to Buy PalmSource?, Game Beta Testers Needed, Treo 270 on T-Mobile

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Sony’s CEO makes a number of great statements including expressing a desire to buy PalmSource.

In a very rare and forthcoming interview, Sony’s CEO, Nobuyuki Idei, weighs in with thoughts on buying Symbian or PalmSource, cell phones, ripping on Nokia and music distribution. This is part one of a three part series that will be released over the next two days.

Interview Excerpt:

Perkins: What about your relationships with Palm and Symbian?

Idei: In terms of our OS strategy, it is not clear whether Symbian, which we share with the Nokia phones, is the right way to go for the mobile phone. And I can’t tell you why Sony has a Symbian OS on its phones and Palm OS on its PDAs. [Laughs] Even Bill Gates asked me if I was crazy. But this is our history. I really want to own either Symbian or Palm I want to buy them. Three years ago the Palm was so simple, but it is getting better and better. My problem now is that as Palm licensee we have to pay them lots of money. Palm is like Apple we don’t know if they are a software company or a hardware company.

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Seems like a lot of new games need testing. You up for it?

Bearded Toad seems poised to release a bunch of games on Pocket PC, Palm and Gameboy systems to name a few. Right now though they need help beta testing a new Pocket PC game, which from the screenshots looks terrific.

BugLord is a real time strategy game where it’s a cutthroat eat or be eaten environment. For more info on testing, visit their beta testing page to sign up.

T-Mobile now carries the Treo 270

“It’s never been easier for Palm loyalists to upgrade their old Palm handheld, pager and cell phone with one do-it-all device that fits in your pocket,” said Cole Brodman, senior vice president and chief development officer for T-Mobile USA, Inc. “The Treo 270 is a great addition to our business device line-up and we’ll continue to introduce devices, like the Treo, that support open platforms and easily tie-in with back office systems.”

The 270 is being offered for $399.99 after $100 rebate with new service plans. Visit the T-Mobile Treo site for more info.




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