Palm has released the Palm Web Browser.

This is a fully featured HTML browser offering users of Internet-enabled Palm m125, m130, m500, m505, m515 and i705 handhelds the ability to access any URL on the Internet. It also supports bookmarks, can save data offline and holds a cache of visited sites. The solution works both wirelessly and by modem.

The Palm Web Browser will ship in the US on April 8, in Europe at the end of April and in other regions at a "later date". It's scheduled to cost $19.95 in the US. UK pricing hasn't been announced yet.

Todd Bradley, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Solutions Group at Palm, said: "Our Web-clipping approach is ideal for quick hits for specific information. The new browser affords the additional freedom to explore any Web site and save important information," he explained.

The solution integrates a compression technology that downloads text quickly. This means users can peruse text while images continue to load. It will also resize pages for viewing on the PDA screen.

Palm devices that lack wireless functionality will require a data-enabled modem or mobile for Internet access.