Mobile & Wireless: Heads Up
- 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