In a move that provides a powerful, web-browsing option for Palm(TM) handheld computers, Palm, Inc., a leading provider of handhelds, today unveiled the Palm Web Browser. This full-featured HTML browser gives users of Internet-enabled Palm m125, m130, m500, m505, m515 and i705 handhelds the ability to access any URL on the Internet, bookmark and categorize favorite sites, easily save information for offline viewing, and cache a history of visited sites. Users can do all this whether they are connected to the Internet wirelessly or via a modem.
The Palm Web Browser is scheduled to be available in the United States on April 8, in Europe at the end of April, and in other regions at a later date, for an estimated U.S. street price of $19.95 (or local equivalent). It will be available for purchase and download online in the United States at The Palm Store ( http://store.palm.com ), in Europe at PalmDirect.com ( http://www.palmdirect.com ), and in other regions through various third-party online vendors.
“The new Palm Web Browser gives our Internet-connected customers yet another great option for accessing web content on-the-go,” said Todd Bradley, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Solutions Group at Palm, Inc. “Our web clipping approach is ideal for quick hits for specific information; the new browser affords the additional freedom to explore any website and save important information.”
Sophisticated compression technology in the Palm Web Browser downloads text quickly, so users can search and read information while multiple graphics continue to load from a page. Optimized web pages provide the ability to view any URL on the Internet and display web content to the appropriate size of the Palm handheld screen. Caching enables users to capture online information, such as a customized map or a specific news article, and save it for viewing offline.
With support for web clipping applications, the Palm Web Browsers enables mobile professionals to create a library of their favorite applications that can be accessed wirelessly. There are more than 600 applications available that quickly deliver targeted information to the user’s wireless handheld. Easy-to-use web navigation features familiar browser buttons, including Back, Forward, Refresh and History. In addition, the ability to create and categorize bookmarks enables users to keep track of their favorite sites. The Palm Web Browser is localized in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Japanese.
The Palm Web Browser is available for wirelessly enabled Palm m125, m130, m500, m505, m515 and i705 handhelds. (NOTE: Internet access requires an ISP account. Handhelds that do not have integrated wireless — the Palm m125, m130, m500, m505 and m515 handhelds — also require a compatible data-enabled modem or mobile phone for Internet access.)