Palm hints at better wireless integration

Devices based on PalmSource's fifth-generation operating system have only just started emerging but the company is already...

Devices based on PalmSource's fifth-generation operating system have only just started emerging but the company is already letting users know what to expect in Palm OS 6.

One of the areas where differences will be seen is in the area of integration between the operating system and wireless telephone and data networks, said Al Wood, chief financial officer of PalmSource.

"While we already have a very strong position in the smart phone space and related spaces that I would call the overall wireless areas, it is something that we believe our enhancements are further going to strengthen our position," he explained.

"As far as the particulars of exactly what we are providing, I don't want to get into that at this point," he added.

PalmSource launched Palm OS 5 last year. Devices using OS 5 include Sony's Clie NX70V and NX60 and Palm's Tungsten T device.

OS 5 brought support for the latest ARM-based processors to the platform in addition to displays with a 320 pixel by 320 pixel resolution, which is four times that of previous versions, and Bluetooth and wireless LAN (802.11b). Also new was 128-bit SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption.

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