palmOne Closes Shanghai Office
palmOne has closed a representative office in Shanghai, China. The company has also temporarily withdrawn from the Chinese handheld market.
An article on Forbes.com points to statements made by a person with palmOne's operations in China. On October 25th the company shut down a palmOne office in Shanghai. The article also goes into some detail about how palmOne and Chinese manufacturers have faired with Palm OS devices in China.
The article states Chinese manufacturers such as Lenovo, Founder, and Acer Computer also said that their cooperation with palmOne had already stopped. And that palmOne's frustration in China had something to do with its unfavorable cooperation with Chinese manufacturers. It goes on to talk about the results that Acer, Lenovo and Founder have had in the Chinese PDA market, which has not been an easy market to break into.
Lenovo expressed intent to team up with Palm as early as in 2000, but it did not obtain the authorization of Palm until December 2002. However, competitions in the Chinese PDA market had been extremely fierce at that time, and most PDA manufacturers adopted Microsoft's WomCE operating system. As a partner of Microsoft, Lenovo just took the cooperation with Palm as way of containing Microsoft.
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