PerComm Chief Executive Edmond Fung said at the Comdex trade show here that he views the Palm OS as a flexible application that lets his company quickly release new devices.
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PerComm intends to produce a smart phone that uses the Palm OS first for Global System for Mobile Communications and then for Code Division Multiple Access networks. The company also plans to manufacture a device to use the two-way ReFlex pager network.
PerComm is not the first pager company to take advantage of the operating system. Rival HuneTecto use the Palm OS in a line of pager and messaging devices. However, the company has yet to release a device.
Separately, PalmSource announced a new program, called Palm Powered MobileWorld, which is focused on connecting developers with wireless carriers and other infrastructure providers.
The next version of the Palm operating system, code-named Sahara, willand will be . The operating system will continue to be marketed alongside the current OS 5, with OS 6 aimed at higher-end devices.
PalmSource said Sprint PCS is the first partner to participate in the program. Other companies, such as WideRay, Pumatech,, Visto and Research In Motion, also have joined the program.
PalmSource Chief Executive David Nagel said the purpose of the group is to enable carriers to influence the development of the Palm OS as well as connect them with developers.
The Palm OS powers more than 30 million devices and remains the leader in the market for handheld computers, despite increasing competition from Microsoft's Pocket PC and smart-phone makers.CNET News.com's Richard Shim contributed to this report.