Though the Tungsten T from Palm has the capabilities to play multimedia like MP3s, at its release the software to do so was missing. Rumors have been circulating that Real Networks would release an app for the Tungsten and today the company officially announced at the COMDEX tradeshow that it would do so. RealOne Player Mobile, which is based on the Helix platform, will let users play both RealAudio and MP3 files on Palm’s newest handheld.
Though Palm OS 5, which the Tungsten T uses, doesn’t generally allow multitasking, RealOne Player Mobile will be able to play audio files in the background while running other applications. It can also automatically dim the screen while playing music to conserve battery power. Of course, songs can be stored on removable SD or MMC memory cards.
Users will be able to transfer their personal audio collections from the RealOne Player on their PC onto their handhelds. RealOne Player Mobile displays the full info on the track playing, including song name, album and artist, and users can select and play songs with the handheld’s D-pad.
Tungsten T users will be able to download the RealOne Player Mobile for free by the end of the year. This app will only run on the Tungsten T. RealNetworks is working to make the Helix DNA Client available for the Palm OS 5 platform, which will allow other media applications to be developed for the Tungsten T handheld and other Palm handhelds.