Symbol Giving Up Its Palm OS License

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Earlier this week, Janam Technologies announced that it was licensing the Palm OS so it can release a line of barcode-scanning handhelds.

These might do better than many had expected, as the company that would have been one of its biggest competitors–Symbol Technologies–is discontinuing its line of Palm OS-based devices. It will continue to make industrial and commercial handhelds running Windows Mobile.

Symbol has been a Palm OS licensee since before the turn of the century, and has shipped over a half a million devices running this operating system in the intervening years.

However, according to CRN, Symbol has started to have difficulty finding the components it needs to make its Palm-based devices.

In addition, companies interested in deploying this Symbol’s ruggedized models have become increasingly interested in features available only in its Windows Mobile devices, even though these are more expensive than its Palm OS ones..

The company did take a look at the next version of the Palm OS, the Access Linux Platform (ALP), but was not interested.

Symbol will ship its final Palm OS-based handhelds in January, while Janam’s line of barcode-scanning mobile devices will debut before the end of this year.

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