Palm showcased a beta version of Palm OS 5 at the
PalmSource conference this year. Sometime next year,
expect to begin seeing a new generation of ARM-powered Palm OS devices competing with Pocket PC devices in terms of features.
With the Bluetooth specification finally stabilizing, watch
for a group of products built around the short-distance
wireless technology, such as Palms Secure Digital
Bluetooth module, to begin expanding connectivity
options for small devices.
2.5G technologies such as GPRS and 1xRTT are
becoming widely available through U.S. wireless
carriers. These network services will boost the
usefulness of mobile devices by providing them with
wire-free connections at 56K-bps modem-level speeds.
With Palm undergoing a platform change and Microsoft
and Symbian slow to release personal digital
assistant/handsets based on their operating systems, IT
managers should wait for the smart-phone market to
develop further before wedding themselves to one of