Palm OS Liscensed to China's Legend
PalmSource had announced it will license the Palm OS to China's biggest PC firm, Legend Group. The four-year deal will let Legend fit its handheld computers with a Chinese language version of PalmSource's OS 4.2 operating system.
Company officials said they hoped the Legend contract would help pry open the personal digital assistant, or PDA, market in China, of which PalmSource currently accounts for only three percent.
"The China market is very important, obviously," PalmSource Chief Executive David Nagel told a news conference. Worldwide, China is one of the leading economic powers in terms of growth and diversification, and we see the same growth in consumers themselves."
Legend is also showing off a new device. The unit has a color screen, MP3-playing ability, a dictionary, address book and calendar, the gadget will have a price tag of below 2,000 yuan ($240) when it goes on sale in January in China.
PalmSource's operating system would power more than half of Legend's handheld computers within a year, said Legend Vice-President Lu Yan. Market researcher International Data Corp has forecast China's PDA market will grow 52 percent next year.
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