Developers the key for Palm III growth

Developers the key for Palm III growth

The most exciting thing about 3Com's launch of the Palm III last week was not that the device has just passed the one million worldwide sales mark, but the rate at which the technology is being adopted by developers around the world.

3Com says more than 5000 developers are working on solutions for the Palm Computing platform, and more than 150 developers are producing hardware add-ons.

This means more opportunity for on-selling with the original product, 3Com says. Currently, developers are writing applications in a wide range of categories, including contact and schedule management, e-mail and Internet communications, field automation, financial management and, of course, games.

New features of the Palm III include infrared beaming, increased memory, an optimised user interface and a sleeker design.

Major software developers are incorporating the platform within leading applications, including Lotus Organiser, Symantec's ACT! and even Ericsson mobile phones.

New desktop software for Mac OS will include a Personal Information Management package and new HotSync architecture for fast data synchronisation between the device and the Mac.

The Palm Computing platform, which the Palm III is based on, has a 60 per cent share of the handheld computing market in Australia and a similar stake in the international market.

The Palm III is available now for $829 RRP.


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