PalmSource Inc., a maker of operating systems for hand-held computers, is shifting gears as the market for "smart" phones grows and the one for simpler personal digital assistants shrinks.
The company's new strategy, to focus more on devices that handle both voice and data communications -- as rivals Nokia Corp. and Microsoft Corp. have already done -- is due to be unveiled at its developer conference in San Jose today.
"We've been a player in this space for a long time, and we're making it official now that it's a key market for us," PalmSource Chief Executive Dave Nagel said. "We're going to go after it with every weapon that we have."
The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company makes the Palm operating system and licenses it to makers of digital assistants and their newer smart-phone cousins, which combine computing and cellphone functions.