Palm Inc. has released two new colour Palm handhelds, and announced that its Palm OS 4.1 upgrade is now available in Europe.

The Palm OS upgrade (with mobile connectivity) contains the latest versions of Palm's own productivity and databasing software. It also implements wireless Internet and WAP access for some Palms, used in conjunction with compatible mobiles or modems.

This upgrade is for both Mac and Windows users and contains upgraded Palm Desktop software, including a new Note Pad application that lets users write notes and sketches directly on the handheld. Security, Alarm management has also been improved. The upgrade costs 39 euros (about £24) and is available for purchase.

Palm's newest handheld units, the m130 and m515 both feature colour screens. They support over 65,000 colours and are available now for £229 and £369, respectively.

Palm Solutions Group's executive vice president and chief operating officer, Todd Bradley, said: "We've created the Palm m130 handheld to give value-conscious consumers a fun and easy way to organise their lives, share photos and video clips and view, edit and create documents."

On the m515, Bradley observed: "Professionals will find the m515 offers them a way to gain more control over their business and personal lives."

Both units use Palm's dual-expansion solution, employing both SD cards and MultiMedia cards.