PDA News – WiFi for Zire, PalmOne profits, iPaq Bluetooth keyboard

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SanDisk WiFi SDIO card for palmOne Zire 71

Well, Hell hasn’t frozen over yet, but they are watching the Weather Channel. SanDisk is actually preparing to offer a WiFi card for the Palm OS, something it’s been promising to do ‘real soon now’ for what, two years? The catch–of COURSE there’s a catch–is that it only works on ONE model of Palm, and a discontinued model at that. Specifically, the card is marketed for the Zire 71, and won’t work on any other model of Palm handheld. SanDisk claims that this is because PalmOne doesn’t properly follow the SDIO specifications, making it impossible to develop broadly compatible drivers.

Lies piled on lies. For one thing, after all the excuses that SanDisk has run through in the course of it’s odyssey for Palm OS drivers–and all of the fingers they’ve pointed at other groups including their software developers, PalmOne, and PalmSource–I think that they have next to no credibility when they say “It really isn’t our fault.” For another, PalmOne isn’t the only manufacturer of SDIO-capable Palm OS handhelds. Tapwave’s Zodiac and Garmin’s iQue both have SDIO slots. If SanDisk were telling the truth, wouldn’t it be a simple matter to whip up a driver that worked on those two, thus conclusively proving that it’s PalmOne’s fault?



PalmOne reports profitable fourth quarter; stock jumps 36%

PalmOne’s quarterly financial report shows that for Q4 2004, the company actually made a profit of $13.3 million dollars, in large part due to a 10% rise in revenue for the quarter.

Press release

In a related story, PalmOne’s stock jumped 36.8% on the news, to $29.36 per share.



HP to market iPaq branded Bluetooth keyboard

According to FCC documents, HP plans to sell an iPaq branded Bluetooth Keyboard for use with its PocketPCs. Interestingly, the keyboard does not appear to be a re-badge of the Stowaway keyboard, as the new one includes number keys. Unfortunately, early documentation seems to indicate that the keyboard will only work with HP iPAQ handhelds.




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