How mobile platforms are innovating beyond smartphones

Over the past few years, the growth of mobile platforms has emerged as the most innovative and exciting technology trend in some time. Before the launch of the iPhone, Microsoft was suffering through the tepid launch of Windows Vista, and Apple had released its fifth iteration of Mac OS X since 2001. To put it simply: Desktop operating systems had gotten  boring. There was little in the way of innovation on top of them. And attempts at extending these desktop systems to new devices, like Windows-based tablet computers or the Apple TV, never found widespread success.

HP's Palm acquisition is about tablets and netbooks, too

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.

Why Palm's headed for a buyout — by RIM

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.