Feeds

Palm opens for Chinese cash

Cash-strapped smartphone maker looks to Huawei for help

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Palm has approached Huawei Technologies about the possibility of a takeover, reports suggest.

Palm suggested it was up for sale at its last - poor - results conference. Earlier this week, Palm shares jumped on reports that Goldman Sachs and Qatalyst Partners were looking for possible bidders for the firm.

The firm has struggled to meet smartphone challenges from Google's Android and Apple's iPhone, amongst others.

And of course Huawei has form in buying much-loved, almost disappeared companies: it bought 3Com for $2.2bn in 2007.

Correction - Huawei bid for 3Com but HP bought it for $2.7bn.

The Reuters report suggested that talks weren't going that far, or fast. Initial contact was made in mid-February and talks have not really progressed since then.

More on this here.

Huawei makes and sells kit for the back-end of telecoms and broadband networks - from antennae to network management as well as its own handsets, including some using Android.

Palm would have made a perfect buy for a big company looking to get into mobile devices - but most of the would-be bidders have already made their mobile move.

The obvious exception is Dell, which is regularly rumoured to be getting into handset making. Why you'd switch from one form of low margin hardware to another is a question for the business strategy consultants. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins
Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.