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Now that you have a lighter, presumably lower cost OS in Garnet, do you see it being used on consumer devices like MP3 players and handheld video players?
Apple is a company that is capable of doing their thing [speaking of the OS on the iPod]. But we give licensees the ability to hit the ground running [with Garnet].
That MP3 player would also be useful to maybe run certain Palm OS applications. I have an iPod and I love it, but theres no way in the world Im going to put my contacts on an MP3 player. It doesnt make any sense.
So do you see everythingvideo, phone, audio, notebookconverging on one tiny device?
Larry: No, we dont think it all goes to one device. We will have multiple devices for multiple purposes. A big screen for some things, a small thing to put into your back pocket. Are you going to want to watch movies on a tiny screen? Youll probably want to use your notebook instead.
I dont think unification is what its all about. I think solving the multi-device sync problem is the real issue. I think if sync worked universally then people wouldnt worry about multiple devices.
So when will you make sync work?
Well, were not ready to make any forward looking statements, but its definitely better under Cobalt. We consider sync absolutely strategic to our long-term future. What Apple has done with iSnyc is one approach.
So what about Open Source? The Open Source PDA hasnt really taken off, but do you feel the pressure?
Open source and Linux, in particular, are an alternative platform being taken very seriously in China. However, Ill point out that Palm has been very successful in China too.
We have three recent wins, including FounderTech, the number two PC manufacturer in China. I think the Chinese government would like to endorse a free-and-open system, but the corporate world there has embraced us.
So whats going on in China? [PalmSource CEO]Dave Nagle went and opened your office there in the fall of 2002.
The way our business works, we license licensees, and six to nine months later they start shipping devices. Even if GSPDA
[ Group Sense PDA Ltd., the maker of a cool smart-phone from China exhibited at PalmSource] can build a device in six months, its easily a year and a half before the first devices ship [due to FCC certification, finding sales partners].
Its a long haul, and telephony doubles the time to get to market. We think weve had some really important wins, and the revenue upside is coming.
GSPDA is really cool though.
Cook: They are doing some very interesting stuff too, like an electronic dictionary. I wanted to see the Fossil wristwatch on the market, but theyve had some problems.
eWEEK.com: How do you feel about Nokia acquiring Symbian?
Slotnick: We kind of like that [said with a Cheshire cat grin]. What it means is that we have a whole different story to sell to everyone else. It gives us a much more compelling story to Sony-Ericsson, for example. .
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