Palm up for sale?
Mood: uncomfortable
Posted on 2010-04-12 10:48:00
Tags: palmpre
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Bloomberg is reporting that Palm is putting itself up for sale - although nothing has been officially announced, I doubt they'd publish if they weren't pretty darn sure. Possible buyers include HTC and Lenovo. (but not Dell)

While I'm disappointed, I guess I don't really care as long as WebOS phones continue to be made. I like my Pre's form factor but I love the OS and software.


Comment from spchampion:

I predicted this a while back. Their patents are the real treasure trove, and whoever owns them will receive a "get out of jail free" card when it comes to negotiating with Apple.

Comment from gregstoll:

Right...the worst case for me was that somebody just buys them for the patents and shuts down everything else.

Comment from spchampion:

Sadly, there are far too many mobile platforms out there. Between Apple, Android, Palm, RIM, Symbian, and Windows Mobile, consolidation is almost a certainty.

Now, who buys whom and how they consolidate is a different issue. RIM could buy Palm and base the Storm 3 on Palm OS. Who knows?

I'm still betting on HTC buying Palm for the patents and maybe as a base for their own mobile platform. Alternatives are Motorola or Google. I think RIM is a distant possibility.

Comment from andrewhime:

Yeah, as long as the platform goes forward (and improves), I don't care, though I would prefer that the branding stay the same.

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