RIM and PalmSource to Bring BlackBerry Software to the Palm OS

PalmSource and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced they will work together to make the BlackBerry Connect solution available to Palm OS licensees to enable secure, push-based email and data connectivity for wireless Palm OS handhelds and smartphones.

Through RIM's BlackBerry Connect licensing program, Palm OS licensees will be offered RIM's software solution for Palm Powered handhelds and smartphones that will enable behind-the-firewall, enterprise-ready BlackBerry email and corporate data connectivity. RIM has traditionally offered its e-mail service thought their own devices, but has recently made similar licensing deals with Nokia and Symbian.

"BlackBerry Connect for Palm Powered devices will widen the choices of wireless messaging solutions for Palm OS licensees in order to better meet the needs of our enterprise customers," said David Nagel, president and CEO for PalmSource in a statement.

BlackBerry is a leading wireless enterprise platform that has been widely deployed to provide mobile access to information. BlackBerry Enterprise Server supports both Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino environments with single mailbox integration and provides IT departments with centralized administration, end-to-end security (using Triple DES encryption), multi-network support and a powerful development platform. RIM's BlackBerry Connect licensing program enables mobile device manufacturers to equip their handsets with the same reliable, secure and push-based BlackBerry wireless data experience.

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ronhoney @ 5/6/2003 3:25:23 PM #
Does this mean that the Blackberry Unlimited Express Network option through Verizon Wireless that can be added to Kyocera 7135 features will provide push capability to the 7135 or will we need to buy other services from Blackbery?
nrosser @ 5/6/2003 3:30:21 PM #
I betcha all we'll see is the server side software initially, and nothing on a device level for some time. I would imagine that Palmsource's goal in all this is to allow their current device licensees (Palm, with specifically the Tungsten C and W; and other licensees) to deliver push e-mail in a way that allows those device manufacturers to compete with RIM and Good, etc.

So for you and your 7135, there would have to be convergence somewhere (where? Verizon? but they already have a gig with RIM) for you to realize any value out of this.

Will be interesting to see how all this plays out.


MV-Jon @ 5/6/2003 6:00:59 PM #
Is it just me or does it seem like PalmSource has gained a lot of traction recently? All the developments I have seen the past fews days are all very positive for the platform.

Jon Niola
Media Vortex, Inc.
RE: Traction?
arielb @ 5/6/2003 7:27:18 PM #
well the PalmSource developer seminar started today. We'll probably learn more about PalmOS 6 soon

RE: Traction?
bcombee @ 5/6/2003 10:11:28 PM #
In this morning's keynote address, David Nagel did state that Palm OS 6 was now mostly feature complete, and that they were entering the integration, testing, and polish phase.

Ben Combee, CodeWarrior for Palm OS technical lead
Programming help at www.palmoswerks.com
RE: Traction?
adamrichman @ 5/7/2003 9:37:35 AM #
I think it's definitely great for them and am glad to say I've been with the Palm OS since the beginning and PPC never tempted me. Now I can't wait to upgrade!!

RE: Traction?
ozz @ 5/7/2003 1:28:26 PM #
CNetnews.com says that OS6 will be available to licensees by the end of the year. Here's the story:


"640K ought to be enough for anybody."
- Bill Gates (1955-), in 1981

RE: Traction?
MSTCrowT @ 5/10/2003 7:29:55 AM #
Bill Gates never said that.

RE: Traction?
mikecane @ 5/10/2003 10:00:33 AM #
He damn well did say that! Some of us were alive to read it in the news coverage back in the early 80s. It's the creepy Softians who are now spreading the Big Lie that Billy Boy Gates (that semi-autistic paranoid sociopathic) never said it. He did. He did. He damn well did. And all these little smiley creeps who weren't even spermatozoans back then should shut the hell up. Or, better yet, degenerate to what they were in the year he *did* say it.

RE: Traction?
Gekko @ 5/10/2003 1:45:14 PM #
Bill Gates won. He keeps winning. Get over it.

Define 'Win'.
orb2069 @ 5/11/2003 3:33:54 PM #
Yeah, he made more money. So?

McDonalds is probably the most profitable restaurant chain in the world - It dosen't make their food any better.

This is HUGE

sandbuck @ 5/7/2003 12:24:52 AM #
Blackberry's speed and reliabilty with the rich functionality of Palm OS? This OS is far from dead.

RE: This is HUGE
Wenda @ 5/7/2003 9:47:59 AM #
Palm (inc) and its partners are going to diversify the market choice. Palm PDA with GPS (Garmin iQue) now is Palm + Blackberry. It's tough for the competitors (which include M$) to take the domination for handheld devices.

Nothing to kill or die for.
RE: This is HUGE
EdH @ 5/7/2003 4:26:07 PM #
Not too huge.


"However, analysts said the deal was primarily a marketing effort -- no actual technology was swapped and no licensing agreements were signed. They said it failed to go far enough to link Palm, the dominant handheld computer maker and RIM, the leader in the corporate e-mail pager market."

I suspect RIM is sitting back waiting to 1) see how well it does and 2) see who else is interested.

New level of professionalism

TDS Computer @ 5/7/2003 1:17:54 AM #
This brings a whole new level of professionalism to both Palm and RIM! There are thousands of corporate users that standardized on RIM technology, and once they see that the Palm OS can handle their needs, we may see some corporate converts!
It will be interesting to see how it is implemented... Will it work with any Internet connection (via bluetooth, WI-FI, etc...) or will it be limited to specific kinds of Palms?

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RE: New level of professionalism
hkklife @ 5/7/2003 10:16:41 AM #
Well, just my 2 cents here:

I've been figuring Palm to buy the remnants of Handspring when the price dips low enough and there is a compelling reason to do so...now there is.

I forsee Palm buying/merging w/ Handspring and relaunching the Treo line with the BlackBerry capabilities standard.

Palm's wireless line will be data-only wi-fi/BT enabled units (think the T|C with BT built in) and the i705 and T|W will be quickly forgotten about after all of this occurs. So then Palm will have a drastically simplified lineups of Zires (consumer-oriented non-networked handhelds), Tungstens (corporate units with data-only short range wireless options) and the Treo smartphone line.

I highly doubt they'll make any sort of Blackberry solution available for older Palms or for any Palm that isn't "Blackberry-enabled" out of the box. Why? It'd be too tempting for corporations to buy a bunch of cheap m500's (or even Vx's) with wi-fi sleds and press those into service campus-wide. The handheld market is entering into the same plight faced by desktop manufacturers--no compelling reason to upgrade. For most folks, a Palm V and a PIII 450 (both from 1999) suit their basic needs perfectly, so Palm SG is going to have to come up with a new must-have reason for people to upgrade (since color's already played out).

RE: New level of professionalism
RoadKnight @ 5/10/2003 12:34:23 PM #

"Palm's wireless line will be data-only wi-fi/BT enabled units (think the T|C with BT built in) and the i705 and T|W will be quickly forgotten about after all of this occurs."

I would have thought so as well, but I was surprised by
the number of T|Ws I saw at the PalmSource Seminar this past week. In a small population like that I wouldn't be surprised to see at least one or two. I counted at least 8 though. The T|W must be hitting some sort of market segment.

RE: New level of professionalism
Gekko @ 5/10/2003 1:25:55 PM #
>"The T|W must be hitting some sort of market segment."

You saw 8 and it was at a PalmSource Seminar. 7 or all 8 were probably Palm/AT&T Reps. I wwouldn't eexatly call that reaally "hitting some sort of market ssegment".


Origen @ 5/7/2003 2:19:09 PM #
I had a 705 and I loved the PUSH email. (hated the rest of the features of the service though...) I have a Tungsten W now and I just presumed that it would have PUSH email. Was I dissappointed that I now had to log on to see if I had mail. THis will be great. Hope they can make some type of patch for me.
RE: finally
xtremist5150 @ 5/7/2003 2:43:15 PM #
Yes. The patch currently has the code name "OS 6".

Do NOT pass this on to the general public.

Thank you for your support.

All I wanna do is a zoom zoom zoom and a boom boom.

RE: finally
mentalsrule @ 5/11/2003 8:32:41 PM #
lol how pathetic can you get?

Besides, loging on isnt all that bad, and it just helps on other things like oh i dont know.

With everything i learn each day... i have a talent to compress it all into one word..... huh? [:)]


Changing Business Model

MSTCrowT @ 5/7/2003 9:59:37 PM #
If RIM is licencing their software to other PDA and mobile tool corporations, this would severly undercut their own hardware. One would have to assume that they are changing from a hardware to software business model, and that Blackberrys will no longer be the focus of their business.



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