Mobile Pipeline News
Sep 27, 2004 (10:32 AM)
MANHASSET, N.Y. — PalmSource, which develops and markets the Palm platform, said Monday (Sept. 27) that three original design manufacturers have licensed the Palm OS for use in new smart phones and handhelds.
ODMs design and develop phones on behalf of other vendors and wireless operators. For example, U.K. vendor BenQ reportedly recently signed an ODM agreement to develop smartphones for Nokia. ODMs enable large, more visible vendors like Nokia, as well as wireless operators, to come to market with new devices quickly and inexpensively.
PalmSource said it signed licensing agreements with GSPDA, Inventec Appliances Corp. and Portable Technology Ltd. Neither PalmSource nor the vendors said which vendors the devices would be developed for or what type of devices they would develop. However, GSPDA specializes in smart phones.