As you have probably heard, HP acquired Palm for an estimated $1.2billion, which gives HP even more incentive to dip into the smartphone market. Palm, who were the go-to smartphone company before the release of the iPhone and the rise of RIM’s BlackBerry, have recently slipped down in the pegging order and run out of ideas. So what does the future hold for HP Palm?
HP are a well known brand, for selling the most branded printers worldwide, and also for it’s contribution to the most sold Windows based PC machines, but does this make the company viable for a smartphone release?
WebOS, the operating system used on the Palm devices has struggled since it’s release, as developers failed to support it. But with the acquisition, HP hope to change the focus and make it an operating system that can be spread to use with the new touchscreen “tablet” market. Something HP have publicly made an interest in.
With smartphone sales rising 24% since 2008, there is definitely room for more smartphones in the market, More choice can only be a good thing right? The only problem being, could HP Palm compete with today’s popular smartphone choices?
Would you prefer to see a HP tablet or a HP smartphone running webOS?
Source: The Wall Street Journal