Why doesn't Nokia buy Palm?
It's a perfect fit, and going cheap...
Comment Nokia has endured a painful two years - a kind of corporate Lost Weekend. Instead of alcoholism, Nokia found itself distracted by completely avoidable, self-inflicted corporate restructuring and IP issues, and so technologies we saw two years ago will only start to appear in phones next year.
This was very bad timing. Instead of capitalising on its success with the N95-8GB, we find that Blackberries are now ubiquitous, and the iPhone has raised the bar for what the mobile user expects from a phone: it should just work. Well, this week Palm has put itself in the shop window, and Nokia should seize the opportunity.
Palm's WebOS is outstanding - arguably the best on the market. It may be stretching it a bit to claim that Palm has the IP portfolio of an Apple - but WebOS ticks all the boxes. It should keep whoever acquires it competitive for the next ten years. Even better, the cost of acquiring these goodies is apparently around $300m to $400m. That's a fraction of the $8.1bn Nokia paid to acquire Navteq three years ago, and Nokia has vowed to give away the assets of that acquisition. Acquiring Palm would be a sneeze, and give it a world-beating UI in phones from next year.
The biggest arguments against a Nokia acquisition are pride, accusations of strategic incoherence, and fitting it into its software portfolio. But Nokia can actually acquire WebOS and keep everybody happy.
Nokia beat expectations during Q4 2009, and market share was up.
Then again, if you're only after shiny shiny "cool", you probably missed it.
Nokia/Palm = Hole/Head
Yea, buy another mobile phone OS and development team that JUST what Nokia need!
What do you buy the company that has too many technology ivory towers that spend all their effort fighting one another rather than the competition - another technology ivory tower to join the (internal) fighting.
Oh dear - American view point alert
WebOS, and Palm, are rapidly becoming an irrelevance.
Palm can't sell enough phones to spur on app development and vice versa.
Nobody outside of the USA is interested in WebOS or even Palm these days, so why the h*ll would Nokia want to swap MeeGo (which has the backing of Intel and, at last count, 26 other serious Linux/hardware players) and invest it's high-end device future in a software stack that is quite clearly FAILING, and FAILING BADLY? WebOS is DOA, forget it, move on, it has no future. If you think WebOS is easier to develop for then it really shows you know very little about Qt and where Nokia/Intel/MeeGo are headed.
Nokia buying Palm for WebOS is a frankly nonsensical idea, seemingly written by someone who has little idea what is happening outside of the US market which has always had more an interest in Palm than anywhere else. Palm died years ago, it's only the Americans that have kept it on life support.
Nokia buying Palm for it's IP and then making everyone redundant has more legs.