Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jul 2011 22:56 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Today, the technology world is gripped by what can only be described as a dirty war between iOS on one side, and Android on the other. While the parties in this war fight it out in the US court system, the web has latched onto this conflict like a starved leach to a nice juicy ankle, and this focus on just iOS and Android has had a rather unpleasant side effect. This effect was subtle at first, but now, it's everywhere. Yes, if you were to believe the web, iOS and/or Android invented everything when it comes to mobile operating systems. I will have none of that, and my PDA collection begs to differ too.
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RE: Huh?
by galvanash on Fri 22nd Jul 2011 02:14 UTC in reply to "Huh?"
galvanash
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2006-01-25

I'm not arguing with your premise... The Zoomer and the Newton were released within months of each other (the Newton on Aug 3rd, 1993, I think the Zoomer was like a month or 2 later but I can't find a definitive release date.

To be fair though I see this as an example of independent convergence. Both devices were the end result of a long chain of developments that were entirely unreleated to each other, they just happened to land in more or less the same place at the same time. Neither were influenced much by the other imo until very close to the end. Just saying I don't see the Zoomer as a "response" to the Newton, or the other way around.

Edited 2011-07-22 02:15 UTC

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RE[2]: Huh?
by smashIt on Fri 22nd Jul 2011 02:28 in reply to "RE: Huh?"
smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

The Zoomer and the Newton were released within months of each other (the Newton on Aug 3rd, 1993, I think the Zoomer was like a month or 2 later but I can't find a definitive release date.


according to
http://www.8bit-micro.com/tandy-zoomer-z-pda.htm
the zoomer was released in '92

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RE[3]: Huh?
by galvanash on Fri 22nd Jul 2011 04:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Huh?"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

I don't think that is right. I have seen that date reported as well in other places, but Palm didn't incorporate until 1992 - I would find it hard to believe they could go from nothing to a shipping product in less than a year.

This article reports the release as Oct 1993.

http://kevinboudreau.com/CASE_Palm_Licensing.pdf

I don't have proof that it is correct, but the timing sounds right as I remember seeing a Newton prior to the Zoomer release (I actually worked at Radio Shack when the Zoomer came out, so I remember the release well, just not the date).

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