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  • Palm Sells Out to Hewlett Packard : Apple's Newest Competitor


    Alright folks, here's a little dish of non-iPhone related news, but nonetheless, a rather important piece of information for the mobile smartphone market.

    News has come in that Hewlett Packard, HP, has acquired Palm for $1.2 Billion today. The agreement is confirmed and definitive, approved by the HP and Palm boards of directors.

    It's an obvious move for any computer company, to move into the mobile smartphone market, as it's one of the fastest growing industries right now. Technology is accelerating at a ridiculous pace, and with all of the community involvement, with all the various models of smartphone devices, it continues to grow out of control as companies battle to be the number one device. Police raids, even being a player in all of this smartphone madness.

    Nonetheless, the news of HP buying out Palm, is actually quite exciting, as we now have a global scale computer manufacturer (besides Apple) jumping in on the exploding market. I am excited to see what HP will bring to the already existing Palm technology.

    “Palm’s innovative operating system provides an ideal platform to expand HP’s mobility strategy and create a unique HP experience spanning multiple mobile connected devices,” said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP. “And, Palm possesses significant IP assets and has a highly skilled team. The smartphone market is large, profitable and rapidly growing, and companies that can provide an integrated device and experience command a higher share. Advances in mobility are offering significant opportunities, and HP intends to be a leader in this market.”
    “We’re thrilled by HP’s vote of confidence in Palm’s technological leadership, which delivered Palm webOS and iconic products such as the Palm Pre. HP’s longstanding culture of innovation, scale and global operating resources make it the perfect partner to rapidly accelerate the growth of webOS,” said Jon Rubinstein, chairman and chief executive officer, Palm. “We look forward to working with HP to continue to deliver industry-leading mobile experiences to our customers and business partners.”
    Source: HP to Acquire Palm for $1.2 Billion | Business Wire
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Palm Sells Out to Hewlett Packard : Apple's Newest Competitor started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      WebOS is a cellphone OS.
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      Quote Originally Posted by metallicafan1991 View Post
      ^lol isn't that what the ipad and wepad are?
      ba-zing!
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      we will wait and see doubt it will be a competitor anytime soon
    1. garbs's Avatar
      garbs -
      In my opinion, webOS is pretty superior to iPhone OS in a lot of ways. And for all you guys that love modding your phones, Palm allows jailbreaking and has an active developer community for mods.

      I'll be the first person jumping ship when Palm/HP announces a phone with an iPhone-sized screen.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      If they even continue web OS. They could just drop it cold.
    1. djnikk's Avatar
      djnikk -
      HP hardware is pretty good, but their software sucks ***...
    1. virtualcappy's Avatar
      virtualcappy -
      [QUOTE=Jahooba;5218309
      Oh, and get this, because webOS is based on Linux, some gurus have already figured out how to overclock it! There's an 800Mhz kernel floating around (up from 500Mhz!). [/QUOTE]

      Standby time - 3.5 minutes
      Talk time - 45 seconds
    1. stfudvs's Avatar
      stfudvs -
      I doubt webos will make it's way onto a tablet, hp's pretty clear that a full functioning os beats out a cellphone os

      I'd rather mod windows 7 than webos or iPhone sdk

      I don't think hp will compete well in the smartphone catagory, I see them being more competitive in this new tablet market, I would love to replace my notebook with a tablet, can't justify buying a tablet to go along with my phone netbook and home pc
    1. Imahottguy's Avatar
      Imahottguy -
      I recently handled a Pre for the first time, and was happy I stuck with Apple. I didn't like it at all. I know that for some, the Pre is awesome, but for me it was terrible. Like ProSwitcher, for example, actually implements a better UI for switching between backgrounded apps (not to mention the help of Activator for invocation) than what the Pre does.

      That aside, why didn't HTC pick up Palm? HP? I mean really? Is there anyone in the mobile world that felt the least bit threatened by this? If HTC bought out Palm, then there would be competition. HTC delivers some of the most spec'd out handsets on the market, and their only downfall was Android really. Granted Android will be pretty sweet when it gets the Angel Cake update, in a few years. Palm definitely failed with the pre, however they have an OS that for some reason, people like. Take it and run with it! HP doesn't need to make WebOS slates for me to laugh at, it's okay. I get enough enjoyment from the Droid commercials
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by Imahottguy View Post
      I recently handled a Pre for the first time, and was happy I stuck with Apple. I didn't like it at all. I know that for some, the Pre is awesome, but for me it was terrible. Like ProSwitcher, for example, actually implements a better UI for switching between backgrounded apps (not to mention the help of Activator for invocation) than what the Pre does.
      You should own one for a while, even if it didn't convert you completely, you would at least have respect for it. The power of the iPhone comes not entirely from its hardware or OS, but mostly from developer support. Palm software and hardware would be absolutely amazing if it only had the kind of support that Apple does.

      I didn't know what to expect from webOS before I bought a Pre. I had "handled" a Pre at one point beforehand, but that taught me nothing of what it was like to use one (ever heard of the saying, "To judge a book by it's cover..?"). I had an iPod Touch for a year, so I went into it thinking I knew a thing or two about smart devices, but I was very surprised to learn how intuitive and 'right' the Palm Pre felt and operated, once I figured out what was what.

      There are a couple hardware issues that it had (that were fixed with a patch), but other than that I love it. I can't wait until developers start making more apps for it, or better hardware comes out. Personally I would love a landscape keyboard for the Pre2.

      I'll give WebOS it's time in the sun, and then maybe move on to Android to see how that feels. I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT want to be a "Lifer" when it comes to an operating system. I want to try them all. Tell you what, though... with Apple it's "been there, done that." I don't think I'd want to own another Apple device. Unless of course I can boot Android onto it, because the Apple hardware is exceptionally well-built.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Wanna see what HP can cook up.