Palm and Sony Ericsson to improve Bluetooth compatibility

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Palm and Sony Ericsson to improve Bluetooth compatibility

PalmSource and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications are working together to simplify Bluetooth setup between devices running the Palm OS and Sony Ericsson mobile phones.

PalmSource, the Palm OS subsidiary of Palm, and Sony Ericsson, the handset joint venture of Sony and Ericsson, will strive for out-of-the-box compatibility between Bluetooth-enabled Sony Ericsson phones and handhelds running the Palm OS, the companies said.

Users should be able, for example, to easily connect their PDA to the Internet via a GPRS phone and automatically dial a phone number on the phone from their PDA address book, the companies said.

Bluetooth is a specification for radio-based wireless links between devices, removing the need for cords and wires. PalmSource and Sony Ericsson did not reveal when they expect the first results of their cooperation, which has been agreed in a memorandum of understanding.

Sony, which has been a Palm OS licensee since 1999 and uses the Palm software in its Clie PDAs, earlier this month took a 6% stake in PalmSource for $20m (£13m).

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