Palm, the new defunct mobile brand of yesteryear, could be able to make a comeback in the form of an Android phone from Alcatel.
The firm was purchased by HP only to be retired in 2011 and now the computing giant has apparently sold the trademark to a shell company owned by mobile manufacturer Alcatel’s Nicolas Zibell.
However, the clues don’t end there, according to the sleuths at WebOS nation. The palm.com website is now redirecting to another site called mynewpalm.com.
That page features the words ‘smart move’ which also happens to be Alcatel’s slogan, alongside the words ‘coming soon’
Given the Palm-built WebOS software was sold off to LG, which is now using it to power Smart TVs, it’s unlikely any new Palm models will be running that software. It seems any rebirth of the Palm brand will be on devices running the Android operating system.
As The Verge points out, introducing the well-known Palm name on phones in Europe and the US may help Alcatel improve its presence outside of the far east.
Read more: CES 2015: What to expect
Palm's last real shot at cracking the mobile market came at CES 2008 when the company unleashed the Palm Pre handset running the WebOS software impressed greatly. However, the device was hampered by a lack of third-party apps and failed to take off, as did subsequent models and an ill-fated TouchPad Tablet.
Will be perhaps see the first handset at the CES 2015 expo, which kicks off next week?