Palm to Split

By Deane Barker on August 12, 2003

What’s in a Name?: Palm addressed [licensees’] concerns by dividing Palm, Inc. into two business units, Palm Solutions Group, which would make handhelds, and PalmSource, which would develop and license the Palm platform. They created a ‘Chinese wall’ between the entities, with the Solutions Group becoming a licensee of the platform from PalmSource, just like other licensees. But Palm realized it needed to go further to truly satisfy current and future licensees, which meant splitting the company into two independent companies.”

Via Gizmodo.



  1. This will probably cease to be a problem in the future anyway. The only Palm licensee (including Palm) making any headway in the market is Sony, and they’ve customized the OS so much that it’s probably only a matter of time before they write their own. After all, it wouldn’t be a Sony product unless it didn’t interop with anything except other Sony products, right?

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