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PalmSource Marks 30 Million Palm OS Devices

PalmSource today announced the number of Palm Powered devices sold worldwide has surpassed 30 million. The company also announced today the formation of a German online software store.

30 Million Palm OS Devices Sold
Palm OS enables mobile device manufacturers to develop a variety of products at a wide range of price points ranging from basic PDAs to high-end multi-media and game devices, smartphones, wristwatches and industrial handhelds. At the same time, Palm OS offers users a consistent operating experience and the ability to run a common set of applications on any Palm Powered device. The Palm Powered licensee community currently includes 14 mobile device manufacturers: Aceeca, AlphaSmart, Fossil, Garmin, GSL, Handspring, HuneTec, Kyocera, Lenovo, Palm Solutions Group, Samsung, Sony, Symbol and Tapwave.

The Palm OS platform has attracted a large and loyal following with more than 275,000 developers building applications for Palm Powered mobile devices. The Palm OS developer community has created over 19,000 software applications in a broad range of categories including, Web browsers, email and Internet communications, sales force and field automation, personal productivity, groupware, financial management and games. These solutions are designed to increase the value to the end user by offering customization of Palm Powered devices and help expand the market for our licensees' products and services.

"PalmSource's strategy is designed to drive innovation in the handheld and smartphone markets, while maintaining ease of use," said David Nagel, president and chief executive officer of PalmSource. "We believe users benefit from the advantages of Palm OS because it lets them manage their lives and pursue individual interests, whether making calls, accessing corporate email, listening to music, snapping a picture, or checking the Internet. We believe licensees and developers appreciate having a platform that gives them the flexibility to create unique Palm Powered devices that have features tailored to different types of customers."

German Online Store
The new store is its first localized Palm Powered software store for the German market. The store was developed in conjunction with Pdassi, a leading German online retailer of Palm OS software. he store, available through PalmSource's German website will provide German speaking Palm Powered device users with an extensive catalogue of applications in their native language as well as a convenient way of purchasing them directly online. The store is designed to provide improved distribution to German-speaking Palm OS users.

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Palm is Dead

sandbuck @ 9/22/2003 10:33:47 AM #

Thirty million devices does now mean squat with PPC ChromedEdition just around the corner....

catch up?
hotpaw4 @ 9/22/2003 10:56:02 AM #
The PDA market is too slow for any PPC edition to sell 30 million units. Make that 31 million units, since the run rate is about 1 million new PalmOS units per quarter and whatever new edition the FUD machine is hyping isn't even out yet.
RE: Palm is Dead
Foo Fighter @ 9/22/2003 11:44:06 AM #
What the hell is PPC Chromed Edition?

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To much beer at the Oktoberfest??????
Georg @ 9/22/2003 11:49:48 AM #
Probably some "palmboys" got to muchbeer at the Munich palmsource over the weekend.
This should have been done two years ago! Now although the Germans started 1 year ago to PPC like the Amerikans two years ago. At this time you will very hard find any PalmOS devices but many PPC`s in the big consumerelectronic stores.
Two years ago it has been oposite. When I ask the sales rep in the stores, they tell me, PPC is just cheaper and easier to sell. The same icture is when you see Best Buy or Comp USA.

RE: Palm is Dead
helf @ 9/22/2003 11:50:22 AM #
Really, WTF is that?

RE: Palm is Dead
a3 @ 9/22/2003 1:01:03 PM #
I can't hardly understand what they're saying!

Ryan: I think that asking our native language would be a great topic for the next PIC poll.

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Former Tapwave's Helix fan, now a T|T3 fan.

RE: Palm is Dead
sandbuck @ 9/22/2003 1:16:14 PM #
>>Foo Fighter @ 9/22/2003 11:44:06 AM

>>What the hell is PPC Chromed Edition?
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LOL!!


RE: Palm is Dead
Strider_mt2k @ 9/22/2003 1:31:43 PM #
It's the latest version of the thing that's been going to kill the Palm OS for all this time now.

I guess it's like a cursorial hunter, trying to run it down over time or something?

I guess they better keep running.

You know, like the Palm OS does?

RE: Palm is Dead
sandbuck @ 9/22/2003 1:52:52 PM #
> Strider_mt2k @ 9/22/2003 1:31:43 PM

> It's the latest version of the thing that's been going to kill the Palm OS for all this time now.
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*high five*

RE: Palm is Dead
dustbunny44 @ 9/22/2003 3:29:04 PM #
>It's the latest version of the thing that's been going to kill the Palm OS for all this time now.

This version is shiny.

Oooo.


RE: Palm is Dead
rsc1000 @ 9/22/2003 5:47:12 PM #
>>At this time you will very hard find any PalmOS devices but many PPC`s in the big consumerelectronic stores.


LOL - these guys crack me up. It used to be the mainstream tech press took it as given that PPC would roll all over Palm - at least they have wisened up. I can't believe there aren't more retractions from these people - let alone people still saying this crap (above). In a nutshell - if there are that many more PPCs on the shelves, then i guess thats really bad news because there will be that much more being sent back to the manufacturer. Palm has stabilized at a majority share of the market (im not talking about smartphones of course - symbians kicking ass there). Seriously - PPC stopped gaining marketshare over a year ago. The numbers vary slightly from analyst to analyst and from quarter to quarter - but have essentially stayed the same over all. And.....oh why bother arguing this?

RE: PAUL is Dead
RhinoSteve @ 9/22/2003 5:54:05 PM #
Gawd yet another "Palm is Dead" story. Well, the guy that wrote this post obviously doesn't know jack about Microsoft and now the now renamed Mobile Systems Division is a second or third class citizen in the MS empire.

The best people in the MS corp. refuse to work there and with that, nothing good is coming out of it. This "chromed" edition is a chromed turd if you ask me. They have no ability to dump 30 million units on the market. In fact, the market cannot absorb this amount even in the smart phone business.

Keep on dreaming. Talking about dreaming ...

... in 2001, Jeff Hawkins was killed in an automobile accident and so the Palm OS could continue, a look alike for Jeff was found and he now has been working to merge Handspring into Palm SG for the past year. However the OS engineers at PalmSource knows the real story and have placed clues in the OS 5.2 release. There are a collection of "Jeff is dead" clues all over the OS if you know how to search for them. He he.
RE: Palm IS NOT Dead
killah fury @ 9/22/2003 5:55:53 PM #
Tungsten T3 looks the business:

http://www.pdaclub.pl/view.php?news_id=6908

RE: Palm is Dead
lamp @ 9/22/2003 8:40:32 PM #
>>Thirty million devices does now mean squat with PPC ChromedEdition just around the corner....

I *think* Sandbuck was being funny. Palm has Tungsten series. PPC will come out with the tacky Chrome(plated) line of devices. Right? Right??

RE: Palm is Dead
sandbuck @ 9/23/2003 12:41:11 AM #
>> I *think* Sandbuck was being funny.

LOL!! Yes, yes, "PPC ChromedEdition" is merely a totem that I *thought* summed up my negative opinion about PPC without re-writing the essay we've all suffered through a million times before.

Maybe I should have said "PPC TailFinEdition", or shortened, "PPC XP TF 3.0 Mobile"....

Thanks for the yuks!

Unlucky numbers.

orb2069 @ 9/22/2003 1:11:01 PM #
The Palm Powered licensee community currently includes 14 mobile device manufacturers: Aceeca, AlphaSmart, Fossil, Garmin, GSL, Handspring, HuneTec, Kyocera, Lenovo, Palm Solutions Group, Samsung, Sony, Symbol and Tapwave.

Were they just trying to avoid having thirteen?

RE: Unlucky numbers.
potter @ 9/22/2003 1:37:09 PM #
The Palm Solutions Group - Handspring merger has not yet happened. They are still officially two different companies on the path to becoming one.
http://biz.yahoo.com/djus/030918/1840001354_2.html
http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=hand
http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=palm


RE: Unlucky numbers.
potter @ 9/22/2003 1:52:02 PM #
Minor correction: They are still officially two different companies on the path to becoming two different companies. (Palm and Handspring, to become Palm Source and Palm One).

RE: Unlucky numbers.
helf @ 9/22/2003 2:46:06 PM #
what do you mean "to become palmsource and palmone" ? hasnt palm source BEEN palmsource for ages now?

RE: Unlucky numbers.
potter @ 9/22/2003 4:17:00 PM #
Palm Source is still currently a division of the company Palm Inc. In the very near future Palm Source will be it's own company.

RE: Unlucky numbers.
helf @ 9/22/2003 5:27:59 PM #
oooh.. ok

How many of those 30 million devices are still in use?

asiayeah @ 9/23/2003 12:43:29 AM #
I just wonder among those 30 million devices, how many are still in active? That's the major question for software developers.

Palm has been around for such a long time, some of the devices, such as PalmPilot, should already be retired. If we exclude those retired devices, how many active Palm users are still there?

Personally I have 4 Palm devices already, and two of them are still in use.

Tony

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With great power comes great responsiblity.

RE: How many of those 30 million devices are still in use?
Georg @ 9/23/2003 1:43:42 PM #
I have 10 and three in use. Because already you need three to run (test) all softwares. One with 3.5 one with 4.xx and one with 5.xx. Same b...sh... as I have had 4 years ago with MS CE 2.xx. Now itīs opposide: One PPC runs all.........

This will be the end of PalmOS!!!!!!! And the future of PPC!!!!!!!!

Bill Gates has learnd his lesson!!!!!!
May be some PalmSource smartyboys schould go to school... to Bill Gates????

Versus Macs

mikecane @ 9/23/2003 6:24:38 PM #
Are there now more PalmOS devices out there than MacOS devices?! (Remember: iPod does *not* run MacOS!)

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