Canadian company Psion makes rugged mobile devices for industrial and enterprise use. But once upon a time, Psion was known for making PDAs and handheld PCs running the EPOC operating system, a predecessor of Symbian.
In fact, at the turn of the century Psion offered a tiny laptop-like computer called the Psion netBook long before Asus introduced its first Eee PC netbook. Psion actually spent a little time trying to protect the trademark on the term before giving up in 2009.
Now Motorola Solutions is acquiring Psion for about $200 million.
That doesn’t mean we should expect to see a series of handheld PCs running Google Android anytime soon. While Google acquired Motorola Mobility, the Motorola Solutions division is still a standalone company that offers enterprise and government communications solutions.
As such, the company is buying Psion for its expertise in producing rugged mobile computers for industrial use.
But to me Psion will always be the company that built the Revo and Series 5 handheld computers that seemed years ahead of their time in the 90s.