First colour WAP browser debuts

EdgeMatrix has launched what it believes is the first colour WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) microbrowser for the Palm 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 Singapore-based company said in a statement Tuesday. As PDAs have evolved to feature colour, EdgeMatrix decided it was important to develop a colour 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 per cent of the PDA WAP market by 2001, Bhatia said in the statement. WAPman Color is also available for Microsoft 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, 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 per cent of the PDA market, EdgeMatrix said.

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