Kyocera Extends Palm OS License Through 2005
Kyocera Wireless Corp. today announced a three-year extension to its licensing agreement with PalmSource Inc. Under terms of the agreement, Kyocera will continue expanding its line of smartphone devices utilizing the industry-leading Palm OSŪ platform.
The Kyocera license covers Palm OS versions 3, 4, 5 and beyond, as well as Palm applications, and may include future products.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. created the category of Palm OS-based smartphone devices, or devices that combine wireless connectivity and the Palm handheld computing platform, in North America with the March 2001 launch of its QCP 6035 smartphone. The QCP 6035 was the first device to successfully merge a wireless phone with a Palm Powered(TM) personal digital assistant. To date, Kyocera has sold more than 250,000 smartphones in North America.
"Our ongoing relationship with PalmSource is the foundation of Kyocera's converged device development plans into the foreseeable future," said Skip Speaks, president and CEO of Kyocera Wireless Corp. "We pioneered this category and we continue to lead with our new 7135 smartphone. Together, we'll continue making great products that keep consumers and enterprises alike connected, entertained and organized."
The upcoming 7135 is the first smartphone with an expansion slot, a 65,000-color display, and an on-board MP3 player. It also incorporates GPS position-location technology and CDMA2000 1X for data speeds of up to 153 kbps.
For PalmSource, the agreement further extends the Palm OS platform onto high-speed third-generation wireless networks and creates new opportunities to support wireless access to enterprise networks. Kyocera Wireless will continue to support a PalmSource application developers program.
"Kyocera's innovation and leadership role in the creation of smart phones has helped to establish the Palm OS platform as the industry-leading standard. Our continued partnership will accelerate the expansion of the smartphone market and provide users with new innovative devices," said David Nagel, president and chief executive officer of PalmSource.
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