Astraware Provides Two New Games for New Generation of Mobile Device
SUNNYVALE, CA, and KEELE, Staffordshire, U.K., June 19 /CNW/ - Palm, Inc.
(Nasdaq: PALM) and Astraware Limited today announced the first two games for
Palm's new Foleo(TM) mobile companion - Astraware Sudoku and Solitaire.
Additional titles from Astraware will follow.
(NOTE: Palm announced the Foleo mobile companion on May 30.
Video and images are available from Palm's Multimedia Library
The Palm(R) Foleo mobile companion is for people who understand that
sometimes less is more. With the press of one button, the mobile companion's
large screen displays wireless e-mail from a paired smartphone. A smartphone
is great for finding quick bits of information or sending a brief response to
an e-mail. But there are times when a full-size keyboard and a big screen is
preferred to view attachments, type longer e-mails, or to get a bigger-screen
look at web pages and photos. Plus, Internet access is available anywhere
there is cell phone coverage, or when the Foleo is within range of a Wi-Fi
hotspot(1). With Foleo's instant on/off capability, light and small size, and
5-hour battery life, Palm expects the mobile companion to establish a new
category of personal-computing products.
Astraware Sudoku is a logical puzzle game suitable for players of all
abilities. Features include six levels of difficulty, pencilmarks in a choice
of styles, optional completion and tracking of pencilmarks plus an advanced
hint system. In addition, it comes with a selection of built-in puzzles and,
after registration, allows the addition of pre-built puzzle packs available
free from http://www.sudokuoftheday.com.
Customers who register their Sudoku game are rewarded with additional
capabilities such as a puzzle creator and a puzzle solver that can be used on
other Sudoku games found in newspapers, online or in books. The game also
includes a "Puzzle of the Day," which delivers a new puzzle daily to the Foleo
plus the ability to share personal completion times or compare scores with
other players worldwide(2).
Astraware Solitaire features 12 of the most well-known and best-loved
single-player card games including Klondike, Spider, Freecell and Pyramid.
Each game has a wide range of custom gameplay options so users can enjoy the
games with their favorite variations on the standard rules. The game's style
and interface has been designed to mirror the feeling of playing with real
cards and offers a range of display options as well as detailed statistics to
track progress. Astraware Solitaire has been optimized for the high-resolution
display on the Foleo mobile companion and for use with the trackpoint
"The Palm Foleo is a unique and exciting new type of device, and we're
thrilled to make two great popular games available for its users," said David
Oakley, chief technology officer for Astraware. "The Foleo is an ideal
companion for high-powered, time-starved executives, and Solitaire and Sudoku
are ideal games to let them relax once their work is done."
By building the Foleo on an open Linux-based platform and publishing the
tools developers might need, Palm hopes to establish a vibrant developer
community to create new applications that extend the mobile companion's
built-in capabilities. Astraware demonstrates the ease with which exciting
technology and applications can be ported to the Foleo mobile companion.
"Business productivity is a major driving force for mobile computing;
however we also believe in the importance of balancing work and personal
time," said Mark Bercow, senior vice president of business development for
Palm, Inc. "This is why we give mobile professionals the option to relax with
a game of solitaire or a stimulating puzzle during downtime."
More information about Astraware is available at www.astraware.com.
For more information on the Foleo mobile companion, please visit
www.palm.com/ca/seefoleo. To sign up for notification about Foleo
availability, please visit www.palm.com/ca/foleonotify.
Founded in 1994 and incorporated in 2000, Astraware Limited develops,
publishes and distributes games, entertainment and lifestyle products for
mobile devices across a range of platforms including Palm OS(R), Windows
Mobile(R) and Mobile Linux. Astraware is a Microsoft(R) Certified Gold
Partner. Astraware has customers in over 100 countries worldwide and mobile
gaming enthusiasts have downloaded more than 50 million copies of Astraware's
products. Some of the company's best known handheld titles include Astraware
Bejeweled(R), Text Twist(R) and Zap!2000/2016. For more information
About Palm, Inc.
Palm, Inc., a leader in mobile computing, strives to put the power of
computing in people's hands so they can access and share their most important
information from anywhere. The company's products for consumers, mobile
professionals and businesses include Palm(R) Treo(TM) smartphones, Palm
Foleo(TM) mobile companions and Palm handheld computers, as well as software,
services and accessories.
Palm products are sold through select Internet, retail, reseller and
wireless operator channels throughout the world, and at Palm Retail Stores and
Palm online stores (http://www.palm.com/store).
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(1) Requires compatible phone with Bluetooth wireless technology. Email
requires data services from a mobile service provider at an additional
cost. ISP and/or VPN may also be required. Within wireless service
coverage area only. A dial-up networking plan from a service provider may
be required at an incremental cost above and beyond the service
provider's regular smartphone data plans.
(2) Requires Foleo Wi-Fi connection.
Also, a social media news release version of today's announcement is
available at http://socialnews.palm.com/. The social media news release
contains "Web 2.0" features, including subscription via RSS, multimedia
downloads, commenting, track-backing, links to social bookmark sites and other
Palm, Palm OS, Foleo and Treo are among the trademarks or registered
trademarks owned by or licensed to Palm, Inc. All other brand and product
names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products or
services of, their respective owners.
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