Is Palm pulling webOS for Android?

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Is Palm pulling webOS for Android?
Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein reportedly released a memo on Tuesday that seemed to announce a shift from the webOS platform to Android. The memo was supposed to be up on Wikileaks at midnight, which it never was. The important part of the memo reads, "While Palm is incredibly proud of our engineers who spent timeless work and effort to bring us this advanced operating system,consumers simply have not caught on. To provide a better future for ourselves and customers, the only logical choice is to transition our hardware and software to the Android platform." According to Wired's Gadget Lab and Engadget, a source inside Palm says that there is no plan to switch to Android and that the company is committed to webOS.

There is no question that Android is hot at the moment. Even Rubinstein said that the DROID's launch at Verizon before the Pre Plus was one of the reasons why his phone is selling poorly at Big Red. But there are things that Palm can do with its OS. Considering that many analysts who hated the hardware of the two phones love the OS, Palm could license webOS to another company who can make superior handsets. Whatever move Palm makes-and time is running out-dumping their home grown OS for the same software everyone else is using seems unlikely.

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source: Slashdot via GadgetLab and Engadget



1. Bales

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 25, 2009

You're seriously posting this? It's already been debunked. Please stop propagating lies. IMO WebOS is the best mobile OS out there right now. Palm just needs hardware like what HTC is cranking out right now.

2. fsjon

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 03, 2009

I agree. As I previously stated, they need to get the OS out of its lab and into the hands of other manufactures. I wanted to say Samsung, but I doubt they will take on another OS when they just released BADA, maybe LG. HTC could do serious damage if they get their little hands on the WebOS.

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

they need to release the source code so hackers can put it on their HD2's, Nexus ones, droids, ect... and see if its any good. It might spur a few sales.

4. Trevsx1000

Posts: 33; Member since: Dec 08, 2009

Card view+ Droid=Best mobile OS. Too bad this is a stupid rumor that as engadget already has refuted and they were the ones who started it! Come on phonearena, I know we set lower expectations for you but seriously way to make us lower the bar even more.

5. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I don't know if this is true or not...but I think companies need to understand that everyone isn't going to have the same success as Apple...hear me out. Apple makes the OS and manufactures (for the most part) their own equipment. They don't let other manufacturers use their OS with their own specs. Palm was trying for the same thing...only allowing WebOS on their handsets and not giving it out to the likes of HTC, LG, or Samsung. The thing is, I don't think Palm could afford to do this. Android caught fire because they are allowing other manufacturers to use it...and to be honest, that's the only way Andriod could compete with the iPhone. Palm need to do the same thing.

6. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

I completely agree with u 100%. If not for the amount of android phones android wouldn't have a user base close to the iPhones. In fact with so many phones android is still in second place. That's proof. Better spec'd phones have come out and failed to do better. Now with web os palm stands to make more liscencing t. Or maybe going back to designs like the treos. Unfortunately I don't see either happening. Too bad for palm. I see them being bought by someone else and web os being incorporated into another os. So sad.

12. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

That's how Microsoft beat Apple in the computer game. Apple had a superior product. Microsoft came along and borrowed some of Apple's ideas, made their own OS, and let other manufacturers put it out. I don't know if that will happen in the mobile industry to the same extent, but Google is trying that formula with phones. Seems to be at least mildly successful.

7. desertmike680

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

WebOS is simply amazing. The most unique operating system out there. I can understand why Palm would consider switching Android, but they wont give up so soon. Palm has been around for a long time, but competition is very stiff right now. They'll figure it out and succeed as they usually do. I have complete confidence in them.

8. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

I don't... Palm took its first step into the graveyard with the release of the Centro.(IMO)

9. desertmike680

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I agree, PalmOS compared to Operating Systems today is definitely crap. But prior to the release of the Android, Iphone and others, it definitely dominated the PDA market. But again, it all goes back to competition and choices of. You cant please everyone.

10. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

Better solid Hardware. Same Amazing WebOS. Give it some crazy specs like the EVO and the "Game is over"

11. WnnaFghtAboutIt

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

file this as who cares

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