While users are still not convinced there is a ubiquitous future for handheld Internet access, developers have no such trepidation about the role of personal digital assistants (PDAs).
Last week, PDA vendor Palm announced it had signed its 100,000th registered developer - Arachnid Web Design in Pennsylvania (USA) - a company which is integrating Palm PDAs into a corporate, fleet application.
It is a figure that has doubled in the last six months and which has grown 625 per cent in the past year, Palm said. Interestingly from a global point of view, Palm claims 42 per cent of these developers are from non-US markets with "over 5,000 from the Asia-Pacific region".
According to Lesley McKnight, Palm Sales Australia's marketing manager, Australia has played an increasing role in the "Palm economy".
"This growth has been driven by the number of Palm handhelds in Australia which has increased the opportunity for developers in the marketplace," McKnight said.
"Developers have also found Palm to be a fun product to work with in creating solutions."