Palm has launched a test version of a software development kit (SDK) for Bluetooth, allowing developers to make a start on building applications that work with the wireless-networking standard.

Last week, Palm's device-making division said it has chosen Bluetooth wireless chips from Broadcom for use in future Palm models.

Palm hasn't yet revealed when the first devices using the Bluetooth chip will be released, but the company now has both hardware and software kits available for developers to use, said Michael Mace, Palm's chief competitive officer.

Bluetooth technology would let Palm users connect wirelessly to other Bluetooth-enabled devices, including cell phones, printers and other Palm computers, Mace said. Connecting to a mobile phone would allow users to send and receive email wirelessly using the phone as a modem.

The SDK beta, which is available free to registered Palm developers, includes Bluetooth-configuration tools, documentation, sample code and Palm's Bluetooth API (application program interface), Mace said.