Tapwave Licenses the Palm OS
PalmSource today officially announced that Tapwave Inc. has licensed the Palm OS. At launch festivities last night in San Francisco, Tapwave officially launched their company and unveiled details on a Palm OS mobile entertainment gaming device.
Tapwave's first product offering, code-named Helix, will be available at retail and online in late 2003. According to a statement from the company, the final details and specifications will not be revealed until product introduction.
The device will be based on Palm OS 5.2 and will feature a 480 x 320 pixel screen, analog joystick navigation with integrated triggers and buttons, 3D graphics acceleration, stereo sound and Bluetooth for multiplayer wireless gaming.
The only specifications given by the company at this time include:
Tapwave has created a comprehensive program to attract and support a broad range of developers and publishers from the professional video game industry and the Palm OS community. Tapwave is also in the process of licensing, developing and publishing premier video game titles from companies like Activision, Infogrames, Midway, and others.
"We chose Palm OS because it is the best platform on which to develop innovative, differentiated devices, it has the most game applications, and a fantastic community of developers," said Peng Lim, founder and chief executive officer for Tapwave Inc. "We look forward to building a long and prosperous relationship with PalmSource and to delivering new kinds of Palm Powered products that will take the Palm Economy to a whole different level."
Tapwave's leadership team includes the original engineering executives from Palm (e.g., the first VP of Engineering from Palm and her successor), lead marketing strategist from Palm and HP (PCs), and an executive producer from Electronic Arts.
"Entertainment continues to be a growing segment for Palm OS developers. Tapwave together with Palm OS provides a powerful combination that will propel the future of mobile entertainment to an unprecedented level with the ability to achieve console-like game play on handheld devices," said David Nagel, president and chief executive officer for PalmSource, Inc.
"I’m VERY excited about Tapwave’s device and the market opportunity," said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. "I'm still a bit fazed about just how many of the 'wish list' suggestions seem to have made it into real hardware! Thanks for listening to developers."
No pricing information or final specifications will be available until the product debuts in late 2003. PIC will have more info as it develops.
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