Sony to end Clie line of PDAs

Sony Corp. is calling an end to its Clié line of PDAs (personal digital assistants) in Japan, the company said Tuesday. The move comes eight months after the company said it would no longer sell new models of PDAs overseas and puts the cap on a product line first announced by the Tokyo company in mid-2000.

The company won't be launching any new Clié PDAs in Japan although it will continue to offer service and support for its users, said Aki Shimazu, a spokeswoman for Sony in Tokyo. "What we are doing here is exactly the same as what we did before (in overseas markets)," she said. "There won't be any new Clié PDAs but we are not necessarily exiting the PDA business." Sony is considering further products built in collaboration with other group companies including telecommunication-orientated products with Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB and computer gaming-orientated devices with Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and its recently launched PSP (PlayStation Portable), she said.

News source: MacCentral

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