Feeds

Palm still designing new phones, despite HP's doubts,

Bosses' priority is webOS

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Since the announcement that it would be acquired by Hewlett-Packard, Palm has scarcely figured in any discussions of the smartphone landscape.

HP wants the operating system, but is mainly focused on emerging device formats such as web-enabled printers and tablets, is the message from within the larger firm. But until the deal is finalized, expected in late July, Palm insiders say the company is not giving up on its key market and is developing new devices as well as an OS upgrade.

On a developer webinar last week, as reported by the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital blog, Palm said it had future devices on its roadmap.

Josh Marinacci, a member of the company's developer relations team, said: "I'm not allowed to talk about future roadmaps, especially because we're in the process of being acquired by HP, so I can't say. But yes, we have a roadmap. We are working on future devices. And a new version of the OS. So I think, you're going to find the next year very exciting."

By contrast, HP's CEO Mark Hurd had told a recent investor conference that the firm had not spent $1.2bn on Palm in order to ramp up its own lackluster smartphone activities, but to gain the software platform and intellectual property of webOS. This could then give HP a differentiated developer platform and user experience, not just for mobile internet devices but to be embedded in any web-enabled product, including HP's powerhouse range, the printers.

HP's official statement, designed to clarify Hurd's comments, said webOS would go into "an array of interconnected devices, including tablets, printers and, of course, smartphones".

Lovers of Palm's hardware had hoped HP might use its manufacturing economies and global channels to put new life into the Pre smartphone, but the PC giant has made a limited impact with its own handset range, iPAQ, which remains confined mainly to the enterprise, and it has shown none of the determination to be a serious smartphone player of its rivals Dell, Acer and Lenovo. It now seems likely that HP will recognize its role as a bit player in conventional smartphones but will, instead, try to steal a march in emerging formats such as superphones, tablets and mini-netbooks.

Copyright © 2010, Wireless Watch

Wireless Watch is published by Rethink Research, a London-based IT publishing and consulting firm. This weekly newsletter delivers in-depth analysis and market research of mobile and wireless for business. Subscription details are here.

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really
Windows NEIN skipped, tech preview due out on Wednesday
Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9
Forget touchscreen millennials, Microsoft goes for mouse crowd
Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR
Apple kills 'upgrade'. Hey, Microsoft. You sure you want to be like these guys?
ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7
32-bit core packs some DSP for VIP IoT CPU LOL
Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week
Rebranded OS reportedly set to be flung open by Redmond
Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie invents app to talk to people on your phone
Imagine that. Startup floats with voice collab app for Win iPhone
'Google is NOT the gatekeeper to the web, as some claim'
Plus: 'Pretty sure iOS 8.0.2 will just turn the iPhone into a fax machine'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.