Handspring updates handheld Web browser

By : |October 29, 2001 0



MOUNTAIN VIEW: Handspring Inc., the No. 2 maker of handheld computers, on
Monday introduced an updated version of its Web-browsing software, which boasts
improved speed and security features for performing online commerce
transactions.

Mountain View, California-based Handspring’s Blazer 2.0 systems provide
Internet surfing capabilities to personal digital assistants (PDAs) powered by
Palm Inc.’s Palm OS operating system software. Handspring generates most of its
revenues from the sales of its PDAs and add-ons that, for example transform the
device into a mobile phone or MP3 player.

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But earlier this month, Handspring introduced Treo, a family of handheld
computers with a built-in cellphone, highlighting its thrust toward mobile
communication devices and services aimed at the lucrative world of corporate
users.

Already, Handspring has licensed the Blazer’s browser to several companies
for use in their mobile phones and devices, including Sprint PCS, OmniSky Corp.
and Intel Corp.’s Xircom. Handspring said Blazer 2.0 is available now for $19.95
for new users. Some users of earlier versions of Blazer will receive a free
upgrade. Blazer 2.0 will also be built into the Treo devices. Handspring’s stock
fell 3 cents to $2.08 in midday trade on Monday on Nasdaq.

(C) Reuters limited.

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