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Palm Goes Up For Sale

Gordon Kelly


Palm Goes Up For Sale

Could this be the end of the road?

According to how-much-information-can-we-show-you-at-once news service Bloomberg, Palm "is seeking bids for the company as early as this week".

The news isn't surprising, just last month Palm's Q3 financial results showed a loss of $22m while handset shipments were down 29 per cent on its same quarter last year and 408,000 of its 960,000 manufactured over this time remained unsold. Reports soon followed that Palm has stopped Pre & Pixi production and while the company denied this (despite the fact it would be logical) and its PR agency contacted us to say it would explain why this was correct, that follow-up call never came - not a good sign - so the article remains live.

So what next? Among those said to be in the frame are Dell, HTC and Lenovo, though Dell is thought to have passed. Of those HTC would be the obvious choice having long produced superb hardware and shown itself to be a deft hand at software too with its Sense UI. I recently suggested both Samsung and LG should also make a bid given both are hardware experts, while their software leaves a lot to be desired. Of course Samsung is committed to its (I'll bet you) doomed bada OS, but LG could do worse than have a sniff around - the price isn't likely to be high.

Either way, we like Palm and respect its vision behind web OS (which still multi-tasks better than iPhone OS 4.0, but it simply doesn't have the financial muscle anymore to invest in the breakneck hardware and software developments required to survive at this level.

HTC, LG opportunity knocks...


via Bloomberg


April 12, 2010, 6:10 pm

How about Vodafone?


April 12, 2010, 6:18 pm

Sad days, but I really hope that web OS survives the sale of Palm, since it really is a neat little OS and a lot of the ways it handles pop-ups, multitasking ect are class leaders IMO.

Another reason for HTC to buy Palm that you didn't mention is the lawsuit Apple currently has against them, as Palm will undoubtedly have several patents that HTC would find useful to protect itself with


April 12, 2010, 6:23 pm

I was so thinking last week I should buy shares in Palm, it was so obvious this was going to happen. Dammit.


April 12, 2010, 6:44 pm

Surely it'd be worth buying just for the patent collection. Let alone Web OS and all the talent they obviously have at Palm. With the right buyer this could be exactly what Palm need make Web OS a success.

Fingers crossed Samsung don't get them though. I'm already having visions of Web OS with a Touch Wiz layer on top.


April 12, 2010, 6:54 pm

Never happen. No hardware (or from what we've seen of Vodafone 360: http://www.trustedreviews.c... software expertise. Meanwhile having its own phone line is hardly going to endear it to winning the latest handsets from Apple, Samsung, HTC, etc... it would make the network a rival of every other phone manufacturer it was previously trying to woo.


April 12, 2010, 7:44 pm

Interesting timing for an HTC buy. Difficult to see the value from my perspective. This wouldve been a great buy in the days when HTC didnt brand itself, ie all the handsets were branded by the networks. T-Mobile MDA Touch, O2 XDA II etc.

Palm wouldve been a trusted brand HTC could have used to start breaking from that model. With HTCs Android and Windows Mobile platforms firmly established, is there room for WebOS? Maybe incorporate aspects into HTCs Android skin I suppose but that wouldnt be worth taking on the whole company.

Lenovo or Acer would seem like a much more sensible buyer, wider technology firms (than just mobile) with smartphone sales decent in Asia but barely any smartphone penetration in NA or Europe.


April 12, 2010, 7:53 pm

Palm will have to live on through its patents I suspect - the unfortunate truth is the paying public have voted with their wallets and bought iphones and android phones .. indeed anything but palm.

Shed a tear for palm - I remember with fondness my first PDA, the palm pilot professional ..... took an age to sync and you had to pay extra for it to sync to lotus notes, but I loved it :)


April 12, 2010, 10:28 pm

Going exclusive in the UK with O2 was a monumental obvious disaster. Same old story - great engineers crap business leaders.


April 12, 2010, 10:59 pm

Damn! I have a Palm M100 that I was going to send back in 2032 complaining it wouldn't let me set the date any later.

Just a great comedy opportunity wasted.

I have a Pre and frankly the software is sublime. The hardware just needed that little bit more investment and the marketing a huge whack more cash to convince people they wanted it over an iphone.


April 12, 2010, 11:06 pm

My moneys on HTC, though Apple will undoubtedly want to try and pick up the patents too so they gain more leverage against HTC and other manufacturers, man I hate Apple. Just ordered an HTC Desire :D :D :D


April 13, 2010, 12:07 am

RIP. The patents will be shelved forever by whoever will purchase them. That company will be far more interested in making their "own" ideas a success. Shame.

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