HP's purchase of Palm a "waste" says Jon Rubinstein
posted by Alan F. / Jun 11, 2013, 6:12 PM
In an interview with Fierce Wireless, Rubinstein says that if he had to do it again, he would not have sold Palm to HP. Calling the sale "a waste," Rubinstein said that HP never gave Palm "a chance to flourish." He also cited the deal that Palm had with Verizon as one of the things that he looks back at and wishes he could change in hindsight. Another thing he wishes he could change was the limited exclusivity that Palm gave to Sprint for the Palm Pre. According to Rubinstein, the company almost had deals with Verizon and Vodafone and was negotiating with everyone. Sprint gave Palm the best deal at the time.
Currently on the boards of Amazon and Qualcomm, Rubinstein said that while at Palm, he used to argue with the carriers about things that they wanted on Palm phones like their own address books. He notes how the industry has turned away from the carriers toward the manufacturers as the carriers have become nothing more than service providers. He also agrees with the notion that some of the multitasking features of iOS 7, which was introduced on Monday by Apple, harkens back to webOS. On Monday, we pointed out that Apple's new mobile OS allows you to view which apps you have open and close them with a flick upward that moves the app off the screen and closes it. That is exactly how web OS users would close an open app on that operating system.
Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 21, 2012
How is that innovation apple is stealing from palm smh!
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 6:28 PM 8
Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011
Palm OS is IHO toast, Apple's iOS lives on. Why you ask, Apple integrates hardware and software, something Rubinstein ought to have known since he had worked at Apple. Last time anyone checked, android OEMs do not integrate hardware and software at the same level as Apple.
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 7:05 PM 1
Completely agree w/ Rubinstein! I use to own the Palm Pre and loved the OS. Wish they would've tried to make a comeback or sold the OS to someone who would've actually done something w/ the OS.
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 6:30 PM 2
why phonearena rate this garbage 9.9? It doesn't have apps, chipsmunk screen and poor battery life. webOS is completely a joke
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 7:04 PM 1
Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011
WebOS had promise, but yeah the Pre was too small even by 2009 standards. The Pre 3 was a good looking phone, but by then WebOS was on its deathbed.
posted on Jun 12, 2013, 8:14 AM 0
Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 04, 2011
This was century's ago in tech time. Blackberry Q10 has a 3.1" display on it four years after the Palm Pre was released. Wish Palm had used the tried and true form factors (example: Palm Treo Pro) yes it had a poor battery life, however, it had the Touchstone charging dock which was ahead of its time, charging wirelessly. WebOS should have been given a better opportunity, HP was not willing to develope it, as it should have, as any OS needs.
posted on Jun 12, 2013, 10:55 PM 0
Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012
Hey palm, how about you should have learned your lesson back in 2005 and *listened* to your customers when they wanted a full screen PDA/phone with wifi? You know, like a lifedrive but with a phone? No, you were an idiot and released the Pre on an unwanted chicklet keyboard form factor. You deserved to go under. Sorry.
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 9:21 PM 0
Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011
The webOS phones were too small and too cheaply made to compete. webOS itself was too slow, laggy and buggy for even the most patient webOS fans. It's still the nicest looking OS I've seen, but even the Touchpad was slow, slow, slow!
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 11:03 PM 0
Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 27, 2012
Could HP please, PLEASE start giving Apple a taste of their own medicine and sue the crap out of them?! Or I bet you can make a killing selling Palm patents to Samsung right now.
posted on Jun 12, 2013, 9:01 AM 0
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