Handspring will continue to use Palm OS in its products until April 2009, following a deal announced yesterday between Handspring and Palm.

Alan Kessler, general manager of Palm's Platform Solutions Group, said: "Handspring is a great platform partner. We are excited about our efforts to expand the Palm OS, making mobile and wireless handhelds pervasive."

"Palm OS is a critical component of our current and future products," said Jeff Hawkins, Handspring chairman and CEO. "Extending the license guarantees that Palm and Handspring will continue to work together to refine and enhance the Palm OS so that it will meet the needs of the rapidly changing market."

Handspring has worked closely with Palm to enhance the Palm OS, integrating Handspring-developed features such as USB and 16-bit colour support back into the Palm OS for the benefit of all Palm's licensees.

Palm and its Palm OS development partners are working to bring further new capabilities to Palm devices this year, including Bluetooth support for wireless networking, secure transaction services and enhanced multimedia and graphics support.