Menu
PalmSource changes name to Access

PalmSource changes name to Access

PalmSource will adopt its parent-company's name, nearly a year after being acquired by Access.

PalmSource was originally the operating system division of Palm, the PDA manufacturer now owned by 3Com. Access, in Tokyo, acquired it in November 2005 to complement its NetFront Web browser for mobile handsets, set-top boxes and gaming consoles.

Now, Access will fully absorb PalmSource, as it continues to sell the Palm OS for mobile handsets against competition like Microsoft's Windows Mobile and Symbian.

It will immediately face a challenge, as PalmSource continues to feud with Palm after missing a deadline to develop a new generation of the OS called the Access Linux Platform.

At the same time, handset manufacturers are hustling to adjust to a changing marketplace. Consumer demand for simple PDAs has been dropping fast, while sales of smartphones continue to rise.

That shift has pushed hardware vendors like Motorola, Nokia and Research in Motion to grab bigger slices of marketshare while Palm phases out its handheld organizers and relies heavily on sales of its higher-priced Treo smartphone. Palm is expected to launch a lower-cost version of its smartphone called the Treo 680 Thursday as a product to bridge the gap.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags PalmHandheld

Featured

Slideshows

Female leaders honoured at Reseller News Women in ICT Awards in 2022

Female leaders honoured at Reseller News Women in ICT Awards in 2022

​Reseller News is proud to announce the winners of the Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) in 2022, honouring female excellence within the technology channel following an industry-defining celebration in New Zealand.

Female leaders honoured at Reseller News Women in ICT Awards in 2022
Show Comments