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Mobility Report, Jul 28

SearchMobileComputing Reviews Palm OS
SearchMobileComputing posted Part 3 of its review on mobile platforms for the enterprise, with its focus this time on Palm OS. Key analysis points:

  • Some industry experts say that Palm is facing an uncertain future, and needs to change to stay relevant in a Windows Mobile and BlackBerry world.
  • Palm is simple to learn and easy to use, especially in comparison with a Windows Mobile device. There are thousands of third-party applications available in the Palm ecosystem.
  • Palm does not support multi-tasking. Once you launch an application, it is front-and-center, and you can’t do other things on the device simultaneously. There aren’t many corporate applications that support Palm. Security is an afterthought that can be mitigated by add-on products.
  • It is uncertain what comes next from Access, the mobile technology firm that now owns the Palm OS.

For the record, I’ve owned a Palm III (1999), a Palm 5 (2000), a Palm T3 (2002) and a Palm Treo 600 (2003). My primary device is now a BlackBerry 8707v. I don’t see myself going back.

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Five Trends in Mobility
ComputerWorld looks at the five trends that are changing the face of mobility in business:

  1. Increasing competition among wireless service providers … should lead to more choices, lower prices, more attractive service plans.
  2. Data networking services everywhere … enables real-time mobile business applications and employee productivity.
  3. Mobile voice over IP … provides expanded mobile phone coverage and lower costs.
  4. Fixed-mobile convergence … offering consolidation of fixed and wireless lines, lower cost and easier administration.
  5. Personal hardware and software in the office … enabling early trend-spotting and inexpensive field testing.

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