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Palm returns as TCL makes purchase official

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Palm returns as TCL makes purchase official
Last week, we told you that by all appearances, TCL/Alcatel had purchased the Palm name from HP. A release out of Las Vegas from TCL on Tuesday, confirmed that the device maker had indeed purchased the Palm name from HP. TCL wrote that it is "very proud to announce that it will create a new Palm Inc." which will take control of the name. The company will be based in Silicon Valley and will be charged with delivering "absolute breakthrough innovations in Technology, Design, User Experience, Eco-system, Marketing, Supply Chain, and Business Models."

TCL said that it will announce at a future date, when it plans to start rolling out what it calls the "Palm project". The company will be able to use its position as the fifth largest handset manufacturer globally. Its devices are branded with the Alcatel One Touch and TCL names. The company, which started with the production of featurephones, is now a producer of smartphones, tablets, wearables and mobile routers. With Alcatel's 5000 engineers behind it, and with a modern mobile device manufacturing facility at its beck and call, the Palm name could return to its past glory.

So what new products will the iconic Palm logo be found on in the future? With webOS in LG's vault, any new smartphone or tablet will probably be powered by Android. And what an amazing turn of events that would be considering that in January 2009, after the introduction of webOS and the Palm Pre, Android was just an afterthought.

source: TCL +- Press Release

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posted on 06 Jan 2015, 20:23 1

1. checkmymike (Posts: 153; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


Android has singlehandedly obliterated all mobile phone OS!

Except for iOS of course.

Looks like the duopoly is here to stay.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 20:51 4

3. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Symbian once singlehandedly obliterated all mobile phone OSes. Nothing in technology is here to stay. :)

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 20:55 1

4. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Smartphones weren't the big business they are now though. Only way Android can be ousted is if its replacement beats it in almost every way imagineable. Probably will be near impossible, Google hasn't ever been known to rest on its laurels.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 21:29

5. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1735; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Android got lucky with the timing of their debut. Smartphones were indeed big business because only guys in suits, aka enterprise, bought them. Profit margins were fat, there were no subsidies and people paid full price for them. They were ridiculously expensive and the technology wasn't there yet. I paid $600 for my first Palm Treo back in '05 and it had no 3G (wasn't commercially available), no WiFi (same reason) and no GPS. Even the first gen iPhone (2007) was EDGE-only, no MMS and no cut-n-paste. Back then the idea was to use a PDA and tether through BT DUN to send and receive messages. Treos and Windows Mobile devices of that time didn't even have Exchange Active Sync for cryin' out loud.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 20:30 1

2. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1735; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


There is an open source webOS out there too. LuneOS. The TCL spokesman said he wants the Palm community to assist - I don't think that means Android.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 22:49

6. Manti123 (banned) (Posts: 207; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Is luneOS same as WebOS? explain please?

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 06:35 2

9. Suo.Eno (Posts: 505; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


here you go bro
http://forums.webosnation.com/luneos/328495-luneos-faq.html

prolly not 1:1 same but a close port.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 22:51 1

7. greenelektron (Posts: 533; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


They're like being back to square1. I don't know what comes with the name that they purchased from LG. Its for me is like buying something that you don't need and you can't figue out what to do with it, and you are seeking someone else's help to figure out what to do with what you bought. Good luck TCL/Alcatel

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 06:39 1

10. Suo.Eno (Posts: 505; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


From HP. LG got just webOS which is the only thing they wanted, not the brand from their deal.

That and it's not like TCL got much of a choice really. They're barely able to get their Android s**t together from what you can see out of Alcatel.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 20:52

12. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


its easy to see why they bought it. Alcatel is known to be a bad manufacturer. Re-branding can help their image (Assuming they decide to turn things around with their products).

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 00:31 1

8. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


Ya I don't see anything exciting here in just the name for a new division. I gave up my dreams of WebOS coming back on decent hardware after Hp ruined there chance and no one else swooped right in. And Alcatel makes some of the worst androids like those Junk ones Tmobile keeps carrying, When there are so many better options at low price points.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 15:31

11. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Some people just can't let a horse go to pasture...

Good luck, Alcatel...you'll need it in this day and age...

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