Handheld maker Palm has teamed with Falls Church, Va.-based Information Appliances International to add Arabic to handheld computers sold in the Middle East and North Africa, the companies said Thursday. The software allows Palm owners to switch between English and Arabic.
"When Palm entered the Middle East and North African market, demand for Arabic language support was high," Stuart Maughan, a manager for Palm's Middle East and Africa sales unit, said in a statement. Information Appliances' APOS language software, which already is widely used by Palm handheld owners in the Mideast, will be added to the handhelds at no extra charge. Palm expects to ship the first products with the bundled software early this year.