Update: We should note that the produced versions of this device shown at 3GSM lacked any cellular device, and instead relied on Bluetooth connectivity to communicate with wireless networks. However, the inital release stressed that this was a “series of products”, and such a device with either GSM or CDMA built-in is possible.
IXI Mobile announced today Sanyo will release a device using the IXI-Connect OS in the second quarter of 2005. IXI was extremely unclear as to how advanced or featured the device would be, only to indicate that it would have a full QWERTY keyboard (QWERTY = U.S. for those of you in Overland Park), large screen, and a Java-based browser. The series will be called WiPOQ, and will have IXI’s Bluetooth-based PMG technology. No word on voice capacities were disclosed, but they made it clear that the platform has evolved to be CDMA compatible.
Sanyo has a longstanding agreement with Sprint to be the exclusive reseller of any such device in the United States. The most well-known device based on IXI’s OS is the Ogo, currently sold by AT&T Wireless and soon to be sold by Cingular.