PalmSource and Research In Motion have completed their distribution agreement to make BlackBerry Connect available to Palm OS licensees. Together, BlackBerry Connect and Palm OS will extend email and corporate data connectivity to Palm Powered smart mobile devices, facilitating workforce productivity while away from the office. PalmSource President and CEO David Nagel will demonstrate the BlackBerry Connect offering for Palm OS during his keynote presentation at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium on Tuesday, May 18 at 9:00 am CDT.
The BlackBerry Connect offering for Palm OS is the result of a joint development effort between PalmSource and RIM, announced in December 2003, to provide Palm OS licensees with access to the industry-leading, push-based, BlackBerry wireless infrastructure and to enable seamless connectivity between Palm Powered smart mobile devices and BlackBerry wireless services (including BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Web Client), as well as global address list look-up and IT policy support. PalmSource is expected to make the Palm OS Mail Client that supports BlackBerry Connect available to Palm OS licensees in the second half of 2004, as previously announced.
“BlackBerry Connect on Palm Powered smart mobile devices will broaden the reach of our wireless platform into new markets and strengthen our presence in the Palm OS community,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO of Research In Motion. “BlackBerry Connect on Palm Powered smart mobile devices will enable users to stay connected with email and other data applications and allow IT departments and mobile operators to leverage their existing investments in the BlackBerry wireless platform.”
“BlackBerry Connect broadens the choice of wireless messaging solutions for our Palm OS licensees to create mobile products that better meet the demands of today’s mobile professionals,” said David Nagel, president and CEO of PalmSource. “We believe BlackBerry Connect and Palm OS fulfills enterprise customer demand for a push-based, end-to-end secure access to corporate data and email, while maintaining flexibility, uncompromised power and ease of use, and software compatibility that are the hallmarks of Palm OS.”
“Wireless data connectivity is fundamental to the continuing growth of mobile devices and services and a strong contributor to increased ROI in the enterprise;” said Kevin Burden, program manager of IDC’s Mobile Devices research service. “Combined with the thousands of Palm OS applications, BlackBerry Connect on Palm OS will strengthen the presence of Palm Powered mobile devices in the enterprise and further solidify the Palm OS platform’s value to this market.”
“RIM is a recognized leader in enabling secure wireless email and data connectivity to mobile devices,” said H. Woo Kim, vice president of Mobile Communication Division at Samsung Electronics. “Combining BlackBerry Connect with Palm OS and Samsung’s world-leading Mobile Information Terminals (MITs) strengthens our offering to enterprise customers.”