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Symbol drops Palm OS products

Symbol Technologies has confirmed that it is dropping devices based on the Palm OS operating system from its range.

The announcement comes as the mobile, batch and wireless company is set to be acquired by Motorola in a $3.9bn (£2.1bn) deal announced in September. Motorola has also bought privately held mobile e-mail vendor Good Technology.

It also follows the dumping of Palm OS by Japanese firm Access, which bought the operating system’s owner, PalmSource, from Palm last year. Access is set to focus on Linux-based software systems.

But a Symbol spokesperson said the company’s decision to ditch Palm OS was based on “the increasing market acceptance of Microsoft Windows Mobile as a mobile platform”.

The spokesperson added, “While the Palm OS-based series of products has been very successful for Symbol, component parts have become obsolete and no longer available.”

The company will continue to provide support for the Palm OS devices until 2011.

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