PalmGear Acquires Palm Digital Media In Deal With PalmSource
PalmGear and PalmSource today announced a strategic alliance designed to bolster the success of the Palm Economy. As part of the alliance, PalmGear acquired PalmSource's subsidiary Palm Digital Media, and will power a new PalmSource online software store.
PalmGear, together with Palm Digital Media, will provide a strong distribution channel for Palm OS software applications and offer Palm Powered consumers increased access to more than 19,000 applications and over 10,000 eBook titles. The acquisition of Palm Digital Media by PalmGear strengthens its position as the industry's leading provider of third-party content for Palm Powered mobile devices, bringing the company's total software application and eBook offerings to nearly 30,000. In addition, PalmGear anticipates that Palm Digital Media's existing relationships with more than 75 publishers, including industry leaders HarperCollins, Penguin Group (USA), Random House, St. Martin's Press, Simon & Schuster and Time Warner Book Group will enable PalmGear to further expand its current product offerings.
Separately, PalmSource has chosen PalmGear to power the PalmSource Web site's new online store exclusively devoted to Palm OS applications. The agreement provides that PalmGear will provide the backend infrastructure, Palm OS software catalog, and customer and technical support to users purchasing software applications via the PalmSource Web site.
The strategic alliance with PalmGear builds on PalmSource's commitment to helping its 275,000 Palm OS developers grow their businesses by offering them an additional sales channel for software applications. PalmSource's online store is designed to provide increased exposure for Palm OS developers to successfully promote and market their Palm OS software applications, while enabling PalmGear to broaden its reach to the millions of users of Palm Powered devices. PalmGear will also license the "PalmGear," "Palm Digital Media" and "Palm Reader" brands.
"The strategic alliance with PalmGear reinforces our commitment to the Palm OS developer community and supports our effort to make Palm OS applications more readily available to Palm Powered consumers," said David Nagel, president and chief executive officer of PalmSource, Inc. "With more than 29 million Palm Powered devices sold, we believe this is also a compelling way to encourage new uses of Palm Powered mobile devices and fuel growth in the handheld and smartphone market."
"The addition of third-party solutions and content to Palm Powered handhelds is a key driver for the Palm Economy," said Ryan Wuerch, president and chief executive officer of PalmGear. "Our acquisition of Palm Digital Media is a natural evolution for PalmGear as we continue to be the leading provider of applications and content for Palm Powered devices."
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