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that's EXACTLY what I thought. 3com loses the market share, and perhaps even the PDA-hardware business front. They may be relegated to an "OS provider".. WORSE, what happens when the PDA's they endorse the Palm OS to suddenly in the FUTURE decide that THEY CAN DO WITHOUT THE PALM OS -- Say MICROSOFT BUYS THEM OUT, and having wrested much of the market share from 3com ALREADY (presumably sometime in the future), and they relegate the palm to being a has-been PDA-manufacturer AND Platform-provider.At 02:10 PM 10/14/2000 +0800, Noisy Cricket wrote:
Q: Since Palm has been licensing the Palm OS to other PDA's (all of which seem to be FAR MORE UPGRADEABLE than the original palms) is Palm shooting itself in the foot?
A: Licensing the Palm OS to other PDA manufacturers makes money for Palm. So the more Palm clones being sold, the more money for 3Com. But of course it may backfire.
What do you think? Instead of licensing the OS, would it have been better if they just diverted the funds they had into developing the technologies that their "rival" PDA-makers now possess? They would have maintained their market lead that way. In a sense, now they have broken their positioning as "THE established PDA (hardware speaking anyway)". It used to be a war just between the PALM and the PocketPC's... Now there are TRG's, Visors, Sony's.. and all those will eventually compete with (or kill) the Palm.
As for the other companies such as IBM, THEY DON'T HAVE the TECHNOLOGY that PALM already has.. if they fear that these companies will create rival technologies, that would be like if NOKIA suddenly feared for its life that some other as of yet non-existent company would suddenly come up with a cellphone so superior to a Nokia, it would knock Nokia off the market. I don't think it's going to happen. Doesn't that border on Paranoia?
Whatever happens, let's just hope the PALM OS improves. Otherwise, yes, it WILL bite the dust..
Oh well. Such is life.
(All this coming from a guy two months ago who DIDN'T have a Palm, and didn't think he would ever need one. hehehehe.)