Palm CEO Promises Better Wireless Device than the Blackberry
Palm CEO Carl Yankowski said that his company's new wireless models, which should be released before the middle of the year, will be better than the BlackBerry from Research in Motion. "We can do everything that (Research In Motion) does not,'' he said. Palm is is working with an unnamed consulting company to build a a wireless service bureau to handle wireless instant messaging and e-mail.
Mr. Yankowski made these remarks today to the Robertson Stephens technology investors conference. He also said that while Palm has long contemplated spinning its OS licensing business off as a separate company from its device manufacturing business, the revenue generated is still too small to create a healthy company.
He also said that Palm liscencees aren't siphoning off business. "A rising tide is lifting all boats. So, respectfully, market share discussions right now are irrelevant."
In a related story, Palm Ventures, the strategic venture investment group of Palm, Inc. has made an investment in Kenamea, Inc., a company that is building an Internet application communications platform. Kenamea's platform promises to accelerate the availability of next-generation enterprise applications and make it easier to extend them to Palm OS devices.
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