LG Electronics announced on Wednesday plans to introduce new mobile phones based on Palm OS, the operating system for PDAs that is licensed by PalmSource.
LG says it will market smartphones running the software, although set no timetable or specific details for the new handsets.
Palm OS has been used on a number of different mobile phones, but only PalmOne's Treo handset has neared success. LG cites over 29,000 software applications available for the platform and the ability to custom tailor phones for wireless carriers as its reason for licensing Palm OS. "The flexible, open and powerful nature of Palm OS is an ideal match for our industry leading mobile handsets," said Skott Ahn, executive vice president of LG.