SINGAPORE (08/16/2000) - Singapore-based EdgeMatrix Pte. Ltd. has launched what it believes is the first color WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) microbrowser for the Palm Inc. operating system for PDAs (personal digital assistants) and handheld computers.
Called WAPman Color, the product is an upgrade to the company's WAPman microbrowser, of which more than 100,000 copies have been downloaded, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
As PDAs have evolved to feature color, EdgeMatrix decided it was important to develop a color version of the WAP (wireless application protocol)-based microbrowser, according to Dinesh Bhatia, EdgeMatrix founder and chief executive.
The company expects WAPman Color to capture 70 percent of the PDA WAP market by 2001, Bhatia said in the statement.
WAPman Color is also available for Microsoft Corp. Windows-based PDAs. All versions of WAPman Color will be made freely downloadable from the EdgeMatrix Web site. WAPman Color is also available in other versions and for porting to other PDA platforms and OEM (original equipment manufacturer) handsets, EdgeMatrix said.
According to figures from Jupiter Communications Inc., there are 6.9 million PDA users in the world a figure predicted to grow to 12 million by the year 2003.
Systems running the PalmOS currently account for more than 70 percent of the PDA market, EdgeMatrix said.
EdgeMatrix can be contacted at +65-226-0788 or online at http://www.edgematrix.com/.