Feeds

Sharp to launch EPOC communicator next year

And is the company up to something with the Vikings?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Sharp is to build a wireless PDA using Symbian's EPOC operating system, according to weekend reports in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. According to the paper the device will be released in Europe early next year. This is unusual, as so far the wireless data efforts of Japanese companies have tended to be aimed at Japan in the immediate future, with Europe and the US following at a later date. Japan will be going live with 3G broadband wireless services earlier than Europe, and this plus the Japanese consumer's traditional addiction to wacky gadgetry has tended to make it look more fertile territory. But high speed GPRS (GSM Packet Radio System) networks are starting to be deployed in Europe, and although these ultimately won't match the speeds of 3G systems, they'll make wireless data a lot easier to use, a lot sooner. Sharp may therefore be looking for an early advantage. The company intends to build EPOC into its Zaurus PDA platform (a source of some grim satisfaction to The Register, which has been comparing Sharp PDAs unfavourably to Psion ones since the Ark). According to the paper it is also - and here's an interesting bit - negotiating to supply low power, lightweight LCDs and dedicated ICs to Ericsson and Nokia, two of Symbian's founder members and prime movers. A useful bit of 'co-opetition' under the covers? ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data
European corps can't afford to get complacent while American Big Biz battles Uncle Sam
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.