Fans of Psion's personal organisers have a new model to drool over.
Its new Series 5mx comes supplied for the first time with a Java Virtual Machine, so it can run Web site applets and should be compatible with any application written in the Java language.
Psion hopes that this versatility will generate a flood of new third party applications for the British machine, which is facing increased competition from Windows CE and 3Com Palm devices.
Based on a 36MHz ARM710T processor, the new machine weighs 354 grams and runs with Symbian's Epoc operating system.
The 16Mbyte device will be available from 1 July and will cost £429, said Psion, which has also announced a deal with GRIC Communications to provide users of the Series 5mx with global Internet access.
The system works by using a database of 4,000 local Internet access telephone numbers that can be used by anybody who has an account with a member of the GRIC Alliance Network.
Psion users are not the only users who can enjoy Java compatibility: Sun and 3Com announced last week a JVM for use on the popular Palm handheld computers. Java2 Micro Editon is designed specifically for use on smaller consumer devices.
Sun and 3Com announced plans for joint development of a port for Palm computers to be released later this year. Key components of the software will be integrated into future versions of the Palm operating system. For more stories see this week's issue of PC Week UK To comment on this story email [email protected]
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