If you were worried that we’d never see a true successor to the Palm Pre after Palm’s announced acquisition by HP, especially after an HP executive made it seem like WebOS is its main concern, you can now rest a bit easier.
One of the most glaring omissions from Apple’s upcoming iOS 4 mobile operating system is an improved notification system. While the iPhone will finally be getting multitasking, along with a wealth of other features, it’s still encumbered with an annoying pop-up notification system that never fails to disrupt your work flow.
During a conference call this afternoon, HP executives emphasized that the deal to acquire smartphone maker Palm is about more than phones. Executive Vice President Todd Bradley described Palm’s WebOS operating system as something that can also power tablet computers (or, as HP prefers to call them, “slates”) and the low-end laptops known as netbooks.
We can now cross out one potential buyer for Palm. The Taiwanese cellphone manufacturer HTC is apparently not bidding on the company after reviewing its books, according to Reuters. That leaves Lenovo, the Chinese computer-maker, as the lead candidate for a potential Palm purchase.
With rumors of an impending sale on the horizon, Palm is getting in gear to retain its top executives, according to SEC filings released on Friday.
Smartphone maker Palm has put itself up for sale and will begin fielding offers from buyers this week, sources close to the matter tell Bloomberg.
Verizon may have finally found a way to make people pay attention to Palm’s Pre Plus and Pixi Plus phones. As of today, the carrier is offering the Pre Plus for $49.99, and the Pixi Plus for $29.99 — both with two-year contracts.
Palm was king of the handheld screen when it launched its popular Palm Pilot handheld device back in the 1990s. But it’s since been almost forgotten in a flurry of competitors vying for a slice of the smartphone market. And when it recently tried to launch a phone and underlying operating system that rivaled Apple’s iPhone in elegance and ambition, the phones failed to sell. Given its recent earnings and desperate cash position, it’s clear the company is heading for a spectacular failure.
Palm Pre and Pixi devotees, rejoice! Starting the night of Friday, Feb. 26., the fabled webOS 1.4 update will finally become available to users as an over-the-air update. The news comes via Engadget, and was confirmed by a Sprint message board posting.