by Gerald Boerner

Saved by the bell, or more specifically, by HP… The Palm WebOS will live to see another day. It looks like HP will be moving its Ipaq away from the Windows Mobile platform to WebOS. Personally, I welcome the change, as I have been using Windows Mobile on my Ipaq and T-Mobile cell phone for a couple of years now and it does not seem to be a good match in terms of performance and so forth.

It will be interesting to see how this acquisition will work out. But with the technologies and patents held by Palm make it a valuable asset. How it will integrate is another story that will play out soon. Check out the article at: http://mashable.com/2010/04/28/hp-acquires-palm/

    

BREAKING: HP to Acquire Palm for $1.2 Billion 
mashable.com

palm_pre Ending weeks of speculation about its future, Palm has been acquired by Hewlett-Packard for $1.2 billion, the companies announced this afternoon.

The survival of webOS and its parent company had come under question in recent weeks, with some analysts suggesting that shares of Palm were essentially worthless. Things only got worse when RadioShack decided to stop selling Palm’s two flagship devices: Pre and Pixi.

Now it appears that Palm and its mobile operating system have lived to fight another day, with CEO Jon Rubinstein saying in a statement that “HP’s longstanding culture of innovation, scale and global operating resources make it the perfect partner to rapidly accelerate the growth of webOS.”

The move puts HP squarely back in the smartphone game (they currently sell the Windows Mobile-powered iPAQ) — a space pioneered in many ways by Palm during the 1990s but since taken over by the likes of Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Research in Motion. Even HP’s biggest rival in the PC space — Dell — is gearing up to launch an Android-powered smartphone later this year.