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Inventec and Arima join the Windows Mobile family

Marc Perton

Not that we have anything against HTC (on the contrary, we pretty much want one of everything the company makes), but competition and diversity are good things, so we think the market can only benefit from the fact that two more Taiwanese manufacturers -- Inventec and Arima -- have joined the Windows Mobile fold. And this definitely puts Inventec (the company's rumored "Mercury" smartphone is pictured above) in an enviable position, since it's said to be the ODM behind some of Palm's recent PalmOS-based devices. If Palm decides to standardize production of its "p" and "w" lines using one manufacturer, it's pretty clear who they'll choose.