Nagel Talks Up Future PalmSource Prospects
PalmSource CEO David Nagel has been busy giving interviews at the ITU Telecom World event in Switzerland. He gets candid on his thoughts of the competitions approach to the smartphone market and hints and some possible major new Palm OS licensees.
In an interview with the Dow Jones Newswire, Nagel sheds some light on the Palm OS smartphone market-share, PalmSource's business model and financial standing and talks with possible future licensees.
Nagel mentions that PalmSource is in ongoing talks with SonyEricsson. SonyEricsson currently makes smartphones based on the Symbian OS. In a previous interview, Sony CEO Nobuyuki Idei expressed some discontent with the current arrangement. "And I can't tell you why Sony has a Symbian OS on its phones and Palm OS on its PDAs. [ Laughs ] Even Bill Gates asked me if I was crazy."
The report goes on to mention that in the US, Palm OS smartphones have a 70-70% marketshare advantage on all smartphone systems.
In a open interview at Silicon.com, Nagel talks about his view of the Symbian consortium, “As Nokia gets more and more apparent control everyone else [backs away]. Symbian’s position is weakened by all the ownership changes taking place and people assume Nokia will dominate.”
Nagel went on to share his thoughts about the fragmented Microsoft Windows Smartphone approach, “Microsoft says it has more than 25 licensees [for its Windows Mobile software] but I challenge anyone to name more than five. Most of them will never bring out products,” he said. “It’s crazy to take a small market and slice it 25 ways. Nobody makes any money.”
He continues that there will be more "top-tier" Palm OS licensee soon. Nagel goes on to hint that he would consider another licensee, such as Samsung, talking a equity stake in the company, as Sony had done.
Thanks to Gaurav for the tip.
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