Handango Taking Over the Palm Software Connection
In what is definitely a major coup, Handango has taken over the Palm Software Connection from PalmGear. This is the section on Palm's own website that lists third-party software. Since March of last year, this has been hosted by PalmGear but earlier today developers with software listed on Handango were informed that Handango would be taking over. The switchover happened at noon today, Pacific Time. An official statement from Palm and Handango is expected tomorrow which might give reasons for the change.
Update: The officicial announcement has been made and no reasons for the change were given. PalmGear wasn't even mentioned.
Palm's Software Connection has been redesigned to include new categories of software which will hopefully make it easier for customers to find what they are looking for.
As part of this change, software listed on Handango will be required to follow Palm's trademark guidelines. This may require some to change the names of their software or even their companies. Palm Inc. doesn't allow products or companies to be listed on their site that have "Palm" as part of their name. For example, it wouldn't allow an application named "PalmCheckers" to appear on the Software Connection. It would need to be changed to something like "Checkers for Palm OS". All applications need to comply with Palm's trademark rules before December 15 or be removed from Palm's site.
In return, developers will get greater exposure for their products. During 2002, all Palm handhelds will come with a CD of trial software from Handango. Software from Handango will appear in Palm's email newsletters.
In addition, Palm's sales teams will use software listed on Handango in presentations to Enterprise customers. Handango will work to educate Palm's Enterprise Alliance Partners on the software that is available.
Thanks to Eston Bond for the tip. -Ed
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