Palm name returning to smartphones? Alcatel OneTouch rumored to have purchased brand from HP

Palm name returning to smartphones? Alcatel OneTouch rumored to have purchased brand from HP
You never know. You just never know. At CES 2009, Palm introduced the Palm Pre and it looked like the Apple iPhone finally had competition. Android was still a novelty, and webOS looked like an operating system that could captivate smartphone users. But something went awry for Palm between CES and the launch of the Pre. Whether it was the lack of popular apps for the phone, or just lousy marketing by Palm, the Pre never challenged the iPhone. Instead, by November, the Motorola DROID was launched and Androidmania started.

Like former high draft picks that flopped, both Palm and webOS were eventually sold off and forgotten. A few months longer than a year following its successful Pre unveiling, Palm was sold off to HP. After a failed attempt at extending the Pre's life, HP eventually gave up and sold the development assets of webOS to LG after turning it into an open source system.

Recently, it appears as though the Palm name has been purchased from HP by Alcatel OneTouch. The latter could decide to rebrand its devices with the Palm name, or use the name to create new handsets. The transfer of the name was discovered by those who noticed that the Palm website redirected to a mysterious site named mynewpalm.com. This site shows the Palm logo with the words "Coming Soon" appearing.

The USPTO shows that Palm's trademarks have been sold to a shelf company called Wide Progress Global Limited. They are the only trademarks owned by the firm. The VP of the company that signed the transfer agreement happens to be the President of Americas and Pacific of Alcatel OneTouch and its parent company TCL. That is interesting because the mynewpalm.com site shows a phrase reading "Smart Move." Want to guess which company uses that as a slogan? If you guessed Alcatel OneTouch, take a bow.

With a small U.S. presence (the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2 is a non-LTE device offered by T-Mobile), resurrecting the Palm name in the states is sure to bring Alcatel a bit of notoriety. Now all they have to do is make the announcement!


source: mynewpalm.com, USPTO, webOSNation via AndroidCentral

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12 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Long time no see, old friend.

7. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

What would be hilarious is if they used the Pre design, blew it up to 5.0" and put stock Lollipop on it. Matias would probably love that. What would actually be the coolest is if they skinned Android to seem more like webOS. Horizontal card view with a gesture area that allowed for fast app switching.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You idea could work. WebOS interface with Android app store. Amazon is a giant using this business model. This has also works to Google advantage which help them avoid anti trust lawsuit.

9. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2362; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I don't think WebOS was in this same transfer of rights as LG already got dibs on that a while back. I believe this is mostly just the naming rights of Palm and perhaps some patents related to hardware and what not. Honestly, I think LG should've just bought up the rest of Palm so that they could've done something with WebOS and the Palm design. It would've allowed them to make a device competitive in the business space that Samsung is still lacking behind in.

11. ederic

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 31, 2014

Alcatel actually had a phone that looked like the Pre. It's called Alcatel OT-980.

2. mloudt

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Just why Alcatel? No body is about to go out and get the new Alcatel Palm smdh and lmfao. Shouts out to HP for recouping some of the money they wasted reselling the rights to the name.

6. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

1 company 2 brand 1 sold offline 1 sold online

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I wonder how they're gonna name it, Alcatel One Touch Palm Idol X2? Or they're gonna use Palm to compete with Huawei's Honor series or Lenovo's "Lemon" series? But whatever it is, it won't get much Android updates. We all know Alcatel.

4. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Maybe Alcatel is just confused what to do. They will have a palm series of tablets maybe or a mid to high end smart phone palm series.

5. toyboyz

Posts: 235; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

Palm made some awesome devices. Could you imagine any of the new os's on one now. And they had some sleek designs.

10. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

OMG!!! So Excited! I never used any webOS devices but I would like to have one

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I don't know what kind of devices Alcatel puts out but it can't be worse than the original Pre hardware. Anybody who's ever used webOS universally agrees that it's the best UI that's ever been released. Palm's downfall was its hardware. When HTC was building their Treos was when they were at their best. HTC is being lauded for releasing the M8 with Android and WP8 but Palm did it first with Windows Mobile and Palm OS on the same device.

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