Tapwave Discontinues the Zodiac

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Tapwave has just announced that it has given up making and selling the Zodiac line of Palm OS handhelds.

A statement on the company’s web site says “We are sorry to inform you that the Zodiac business was discontinued and service and support are no longer available as of July 25th 2005.”

No reason was given for this change, but the company announced several months ago that it was transitioning its business model from developing its own handhelds to assisting other companies create different types of mobile devices.

Tapwave Zodiac Zodiac handhelds and accessories can still be found in some retail locations, such as CompUSA. However, this will only continue as long as supplies last.

Today’s statement from Tapwave concludes by saying, “We thank you for your past interest and support and apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.”

A Brief History of Tapwave

Tapwave was started by Peng Lim and Byron Connell. Back in Palm’s early days, Peng was Vice President of Engineering and Byron was Vice President of Marketing and Product Management.

The company released its first handhelds, the Zodiac series, in 2003. These were gaming-oriented devices that also offered strong multimedia and business features.

Unfortunately for Tapwave, although the Zodiacs developed a loyal following, they never sold as well as the company’s founders had hoped.

With the relatively recent release of the Playstation Portable and Nintendo DS, the company gave up on making its own handhelds and is going into the consulting business.

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