Remember Palm? It was a brand at the forefront of personal digital assistants (PDA) before the days of the BlackBerry. After it was purchased by HP, the brand along with its WebOS had succumbed to competition with the rise of Android and iOS. Now it appears that the Palm brand might rise from the ashes in a surprise turn of events.
Smart phone maker Alcatel OneTouch has reported to have purchased trademarks of Palm from HP through a shell company that’s called Wide Progress Global Limited. Details of the transfer is scarce at the moment but a website mynewpalm.com has emerged hinting that something new might be coming. Even the new Palm’s tagline “Smart Move” is similar to Alcatel OneTouch.
Check this out. The HP TouchPad found at the Sandisk booth at Computex 2011 in Taiwan. This is the first time the TouchPad is seen so close in the wild like this.
The video shows a very slick looking WebOS optimised for tablet use but we don’t see anything unique about the TouchPad compared to what the market is currently offering on both the Android and iOS camps. Also, the screen is very reflective it looks like in the video.
Anyone excited about this?
We remember a time when Palms were as popular before as BlackBerrys are today. Back then, you see everyone using a Treo or a PalmPilot and everybody wanted to get a Palm. If it wasn’t a Treo it better be something that ran WebOS. During those days the Sony Clie was the device to have. It was sexy, it had the Sony brand on it, it ran Palm’s WebOS and it was packed with tech.
Today, Palm is no more in Malaysia. Uncompetitive devices and the lack of attractive applications made Palm go the way of the dodo. We’ve always wondered if Palm will ever make it back to Malaysia.
If this new tablet from HP is anything to go by then “Palm” could be on the lips of local gadget junkies before this year is over.
This is the HP TouchPad, the latest tablet device to hit the market and it runs Palm’s WebOS platform. You will recall that sometime in April last year the ailing Palm company was bought over by HP for a tidy sum of US$1.2 billion, in a little under a year, this is the result of that acquisition.
Engadget claimed a trusted source sent them “internal renders” of HP/Palm’s upcoming webOS tablet. We were slightly skeptical looking at the thing. Turns out it might look different.
HP has just sent out a round of invites to the media to bring attention an “exciting webOS announcement” and it explicitly tells us that the renders that we saw on Engadget is not the latest maybe even not the actual final product.
The announcement date is pegged at February 9 and you can bet that we’ll have the latest right here on SoyaCincau.com. The question on our mind is, will the webOS tablet make it to Malaysia on HP’s shoulders? Would be interesting if it does.
What you’re looking at are pictures of how the HP/Palm webOS-based tablet may look like. If the trusted tipster that provided these internal renders to Engadget is to be…erm…trusted then you can expect two tablets to come out from HP. One is a 10-inch unit currently codenamed Topaz, that’s the one you see here, and the other is a 7-inch unit codenamed Opal.
The render reveal a front facia with what looks like a slim home button, there’s a front-facing camera, and a micro USB port on the bottom. From the back, the tablet looks very much like a giant iPhone 3GS with its glossy finish and rounded edges.
No word yet on pricing and specifications, and it looks like a post 2H 2011 launch is in the works, which means the two HP/Palm tablets will come to the 2011 tablet party a bit late, so lets hope HP will have put in some nice party tricks in the Topaz and Opal to duke it out with the likes of the iPad 2, Xoom and PlayBook tablets that will have already be in the market by then.
On top of that, since HP has presence here and Palm has long been extinct, can we expect a Palm revival here in Malaysia? More importantly, does anyone even care?
A Palm display device that could project 3D images in thin air, a split-keyboard PalmPilot and a clamshell Palm mobile phone that could split into two and be converted into a wireless modem – these are just some of the many patents filed by Palm during its heyday.
With HP’s acquisition of Palm last week, we can now only ponder at what could’ve been. Assembled before are 11 of PalM quirkiest patents.
Going through the list, we’re not even sure if some of them is at all possible.
In any case, click on the link to see all 11 Palm patents.
There’s still hope left for Palm and webOS fans out there after all
Week’s of speculation have ended and as you’ve may have already heard, the world’s largest technology company, HP, has just announced that it will be buying Palm for US$1.2 billion. Generally people are happy for Palm as it lives to fight another day.
The brand that arguably ushered in the dawn of the modern age of PDA with its PalmPilot devices and Palm OS is also tremendously optimistic about HP’s acquisition.
But the announcement brought mix reactions from the mobile tech fratenity with some pondering on whether the smartphone pie is big enough for another OS to thrive. The size of the pie is one thing but can HP really compete in the hotly contested smartphone market? Remember the iPaq anyone?
Another update on the Palm sale! Reuters reported the Lenovo is taking the lead on the purchase of Palm. It was also mentioned that HTC after going through Palm’s books, they decided to pull out from the bid.
Other companies that speculated to join the bid such as Huawei and ZTE were also mentioned that they are not going ahead with the bid.
Some analysis had also advised against purchasing Palm as the company is facing some debt issues which is a challenge to turn over.
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Bloomberg has reported that Palm, a company famous for its handheld devices is up for sale. Potential new buyers are HTC & Lenovo. It is also mentioned that Dell used to have interest with the offer.
If this deal goes thru especially with HTC, it will be exciting to see what can HTC & Palm can do together.
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