PalmSource announced three new hardware manufacturing licensees, GSPDA, Inventec Appliances Corp. (IAC) and Portable Innovation Technology Limited (PiTech). These companies manufacture hardware to license on to others -- network operators, for example -- who can then concentrate on differentiating the devices for their own markets.
Cobalt 6.1 includes support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as GSM and GPRS. The operating system also supports SDIO, allows both one-handed and five-way navigation within and between applications, and introduces a new Preferences application that enables users to maintain and manage multiple settings.
Cobalt 6.1 has a new look that includes icons for signal strength and battery life. Importantly for hardware manufacturers seeking to create new form factors, the OS supports QVGA (240 x 320), HVGA (320 x 480) and VGA (640 x 480) display resolutions in both landscape and portrait orientations.