Sony en Palm Computing hebben aangekondigd te zullen samenwerken bij de ontwikkeling van een next generation palm platform, dat gebruik zal maken van Sony's Memory Stick technologie. De samenwerking betekend de zoveelste tegenslag voor het falende WinCE platform :
Sony said it will create a new line of handheld devices that go beyond the organizer functions associated with today's Palm devices. The new handhelds will have audio-visual capabilities and will focus on providing wireless communications, Sony said.
The deal between Sony and Palm Computing, a division of 3Com, comes on the same day that Microsoft announced plans to expand connectivity for handheld devices based on its scaled-down Windows CE operating system. That move is aimed at closing the still-wide gap between adoption of CE and Palm devices; Palm accounts for 75 percent of the market, according to research from International Data Corporation.
But the Sony deal is likely to help bolster Palm's position even more in the handheld arena.
[...] Sony and Palm will work together on a new version of the Palm operating system that enables Palm-based devices to take advantage of Sony's Memory Stick technology, as well as other unnamed Sony technologies.
Memory Stick is essentially a portable, re-recordable storage media that can save digital photos, data, music or other information. What makes the technology different from other portable storage devices is size: A single purple stick, which can store 8 to 64 megabytes of information, measures around 1.5 inches long and is about as thick as a piece of gum.
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