Handspring Integrates Google’s Award-Winning Search Engine with Blazer Web Browser
Users Now Have Direct Access to More Than 1.3 Billion Web Pages Anytime, Anywhere
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – May 15, 2001 – Google Inc. today announced that Handspring, Inc. (Nasdaq: HAND) has integrated Google’s intelligent search engine with the new version of Blazer, its award-winning web browser for Palm OS handhelds. Google is the world’s largest search engine, and enables Blazer users to quickly search and browse a full range of web content, including more than 1.3 billion web pages in Google’s index.
Available now for any Palm OS handheld based on version 3.1 or higher, Blazer’s advanced technology supports all major content types, optimizing HTML, WAP, and cHTML web pages for viewing on a handheld display. Google’s easy-to-use interface and highly relevant ranking technology returns the most useful websites first. Google’s search results also include short summaries of each web page, further speeding up the process of finding information while on the go. Blazer includes support for color graphics, personalization, bookmarks, and strong security, therefore providing users with a complete Internet experience.
"Google’s search engine enables customers to tap into a wealth of human knowledge from any Visor or Palm OS-based handheld computer," said Ed Colligan, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Handspring, Inc. "The wide variety of integrated content and services we have assembled make Blazer an attractive browsing platform for our consumer and corporate users."
"Blazer is a friendly and feature-rich solution for accessing web pages in a wireless environment," said Larry Page, CEO and co-founder of Google. "Google’s search engine connects Blazer users to the world’s information."
About Google Inc.
With the largest index of websites available on the World Wide Web and the industry’s most advanced search technology, Google Inc. delivers the fastest and easiest way to find relevant information on the Internet. Google’s technological innovations have earned the company numerous industry awards and citations, including two Webby Awards; WIRED magazine’s Reader Raves Award; Best Internet Innovation and Technical Excellence Award from PC Magazine; Best Search Engine on the Internet from Yahoo! Internet Life; Top Ten Best Cybertech from TIME magazine; and Editor’s Pick from CNET. A growing number of companies worldwide, including Yahoo!, AOL/Netscape, and Cisco Systems, rely on Google to power search on their websites. A privately held company based in Mountain View, Calif., Google’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital. More information about Google can be found on the Google site at www.google.com.
About Handspring, Inc.
Handspring is a leading innovator in the handheld computing industry. The company develops, manufactures and markets a family of expandable handheld computers for a broad range of markets and customers. Founded in 1998, Handspring’s flagship technology is the Springboard platform that provides a simple and easy method for hardware and software expansion. Today Handspring sells its Visor line of handheld computers, along with a line of Springboard expansion modules and accessories, at Handspring.com and through select Internet and retail partners in Asia, Canada, Europe, Japan, the Middle East and the United States.
Handspring, the Handspring logo, Visor and Springboard are trademarks of Handspring, Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Google is a trademark of Google Inc. All other brand and company names are trademarks of their respective owners.