Handspring Buys Bluelark Systems

Just a few weeks ago, Bluelark Systems released Blazer Personal Edition 1.0, a free Web browser for the Palm. Apparently, Handspring liked the browser so much, they bought the company. They will pay up to 450,000 Handspring shares (about $16 million) in a deal expected to close in the first quarter of 2001.

This is part of Handspring's plans to improve the wireless functionality of the Visor. A Handspring spokesman said that over the next three years 50% to 70% of Handspring's products will have some sort of wireless capability.

Plans call for Handspring to bundle Bluelark's applications into its new VisorPhone product early next year. BlueSky, Bluelark's core technology, is a customizable mobile application platform designed to give users access to a network-based "connected agent" that performs such tasks as converting Web sites for display on a small screen and simplifying mobile commerce.

This also nets for Handspring Bluelark Systems' highly-skilled engineers at a time when people with wireless technical knowledge are a hot commodity.

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Houston I think we have lift off....

digichimp @ 12/28/2000 2:16:48 AM #
Bloody excellent move, Handspring!
this will rock!

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Lim Meng Shi @ 12/29/2000 4:19:35 AM #
It wouldn't be wise to put this in ROM. Just see how many different versions of browsers there are for Windows & the various mark-up language standards now coming out to cope with handhelds. Maybe H/S will now consider having FlashROM in their products.


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