PalmGear to Merge with PocketGear
In another unfortunate acknowledgement of the continually shrinking revenue stream from anything tied to the Palm OS ecosystem, longtime online software vendor PalmGear.com is being assimilated into its sister PocketGear.com site. Initially mentioned in a small teaser graphic on the October 29th PalmGear newsletter, the announcement was fully revealed in a follow-up e-mail to newsletter subscribers on November 5th. The full HTML content of the e-mail notification can be found on the company's website.
The PalmGear e-mail states that PocketGear.com will contain "...an improved design, improved navigation and an improved shopping experience! In addition to Palm OS applications, you will also find software for Windows Mobile devices." The changeover does not appear to be going into immediate effect, as the company states that they are in the process of migrating all of the existing Palm OS content and customer accounts over to the PocketGear site.
No official word as of yet as to the reasons behind the consolidation but it is a cost-cutting maneuver designed to end the overhead and expense of maintaining two separate customer and software databases for both Palm OS and Windows Mobile software titles.
PalmGear and PocketGear are both owned by Motricity, a leading online content supplier and e-commerce provider for a variety of companies, including Alltel, Sony Ericsson, PalmSource/Access Corporation and Palm Inc. Motricity also owns the popular cross-platform e-book store ereader.com, which it purchased from PalmSource in 2003. Motricity was originally founded in 2001 under the moniker of PowerByHand.