Buy/Try Software from your Handheld with Addit
palmOne has developed a new Palm OS program called Addit, a database and electronic commerce application that makes finding and downloading applications much easier. The software aims to provide users with a list of applications to install, provide information about the programs, and then user can choose to buy or try it and install with the push of the hotsync button.
With the debut of Addit, users can search among an initial 65 applications from publishers such as ePocrates, Handmark and LandWare, organized into nine categories -- Top Picks, Specials, Business, Entertainment, Games, Healthcare, Productivity, Travel and Utilities. In addition to applications, Addit provides software news and quick tips, helping palmOne users take their handheld experience beyond basic Personal Information Management (PIM) functionality.
"palmOne handheld users are by their nature mobile, busy people. Addit allows them to browse and later purchase the most popular and relevant software titles for their handhelds while on the go," said William Lynch, vice president of Solutions Marketing for palmOne, Inc. "The transaction is carried out securely and in full with the next push of the HotSync button ... no longer do they need a 'note to self' -- it's shopping made easy."
palmOne developed Addit in conjunction with two partners -- Bluefish Wireless, Inc., a two-way wireless platform provider for handheld applications, and element 5, an e-commerce solutions company. Bluefish manages the database and transaction of software applications, while element 5 provides the secure electronic software download and merchant services.
How It Works
Once installed, Addit resides on the handheld device. A conduit on the desktop, called Addit Manager, enables the transfer of software or information to the handheld during the HotSync process. If an application requires PC installation, the user receives an email with a link to the download.
For example, a sales manager on a flight home uses his Tungsten(TM) T3 handheld to write a report, and remembers he had been meaning to download a dictionary application. He conveniently taps the Addit application, searches under Utilities for a dictionary and chooses one. He taps the "Buy" button, reviews transaction details and enters a password. His contact and credit card information is safely stored in MyAccount, a secure password-protected area of the Addit application. The sales manager doesn't have to think about getting a dictionary again. That evening, when he synchronizes his handheld to his desktop, Addit processes the transaction and automatically loads the selected application onto his device.
Available immediately for free download, customers who install and register for Addit are entered to win one of three $500 certificates, redeemable at The palmOne Store (U.S. only). One certificate will be awarded each month for the next three months, beginning in January. In addition, users who download Addit in the first 60 days will receive SplashClock, a customizable clock and image viewer for Palm OS handhelds, for free. Addit will automatically install SplashClock with the next synchronization.
To install and use Addit, users need a handheld running Palm OS 3.5 or higher, a PC running Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP, and 500K available memory. Addit runs on all the current palmOne(TM) handhelds and smartphones.
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