Apple spends $10 million to license patents created by Palm and PalmSource
Apple iPhone in 2007 that put the nail in the coffin for the Palm Treo. Palm came back in 2009 with the launch of webOS and the Palm Pre. Widely expected to challenge the iPhone for smartphone supremacy, a lack of apps and a confusing ad campaign did in the Pre and by the end of 2009 it was the Motorola DROID and Android that was giving the iPhone its first dose of competition.
Eventually, HP purchased Palm but could not do any better with its version of the Palm Pre. The webOS flavored HP TouchPad tablet also flopped and the Palo Alto company ended up selling webOS to Korean manufacturer LG, which will use it in its next generation of television sets.
source: Macotakara (translated) via AppleInsider
1. Johnnokia (Posts: 493; Member since: 27 May 2012)
WebOS is the best multi tasking phone operating system.
So bad HP, just threw this priceless treasure like crazy children.
3. sprockkets (Posts: 1155; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
That's what happens when you don't listen to your customers and keep releasing the crappy form factor pictured above.
Oh, and releasing a WM5 handset didn't help at all.
5. Hemlocke (unregistered)
BB10 is right on par with WebOS. I sure am enjoying it. It is what Android should be, but unfortunately, Android will never be as slick or powerful.
7. therealestmc (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
Yea go play with your laggy os. Bb10 is terrible.
8. Hemlocke (unregistered)
I'm guessing you have owned fewer smartphones in your life than I have in the last month, so go troll someone who doesn't know any better.
10. Penny (Posts: 1129; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Dammit Hem, I can't make up my mind! The new Nokia Lumia 928 rumored to hit Verizon by the end of this month, or the Z10. Any advice?
I definitely prefer the hardware of the Lumia in terms of screen, camera, speakers, and other potential goodies (super sensitive display, wireless charging). I don't need or care for a ton of apps, but I do need a good navigation app. At the same time, I can't help but just wish WP8 was built like BB10 from a core functionality standpoint!
4. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
They licensed them. Didn't buy them. Apple is just able to use whatever tech the patent cover, without being sued for it. They can not use them to sue.
6. mrraider602 (Posts: 19; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)
Wow!! Good ol WebOs!! I owned an original Sprint Palm Pre since launch day and had it for over 2 years before I had to jump ship and get the E4GT.. And I agree, hands down best multi tasking operating system period! So disappointed Palm and HP dropped the ball on this one...
9. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I sense some freshness to iOS soon. It might be needed.