New, mysterious Palm phone reportedly headed to Verizon Wireless

New, mysterious Palm phone reportedly headed to Verizon Wireless
After about 8 long years, Palm-branded smartphones might be making a comeback, and in a big way. According to Android Police, Verizon Wireless - currently the largest US mobile carrier - is planning to launch at least one new Palm phone before the end of 2018.

Reportedly, Verizon intends to release its first modern Palm handset sometime in the second half of the year. There are no details on the design, features, and price of this mysterious phone, but we’re pretty sure it will run Android.

The last Palm smartphone released on Verizon (and in the US) was the 3.1-inch Palm Pre 2 - pictured above. The handset hit the market in 2010, succeeding the original Palm Pre from 2009, although without bringing significant improvements. The Pre was pretty cool in some regards, featuring a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a gesture-based interface - thanks to webOS, which is now owned by LG and is used exclusively on smart TVs.

News about modern Palm hardware have been around since last year - when TCL, which purchased the Palm brand from HP back in 2015, suggested that it could introduce a new handset sometime in 2018. As you may know, TCL is also manufacturing Alcatel-branded phones, as well as all recent BlackBerry-branded phones, so it’s got plenty of know-how in this field. Hopefully, the upcoming Palm phone won’t disappoint. 

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13 Comments

1. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I can't hold my breath much longer!!

9. Florin.T

Posts: 315; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

2. Nobias23

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

Give me p10 pro

3. smoked_2na unregistered

Bought one back in the day just to see what it was all about. It was a very nice interface, the cards were kind of like Android tasks stack.

6. LiveFaith

Posts: 389; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Cards interface was fabulous and very functional. Thus the reason BB ripped it off ASAP, and Apple followed soon thereafter. Palm (pre-HP) just had average hardware power and needed more. I bought the 1st Pre+ from ATT in my town on release day. Staff didn't even know it was in stock, LOL. WebOS was a great idea in search of more power, development, and mindshare. HP killed it and lost 1.?? Billion+ doing so. Geniuses!

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The Android "stack" is because the father of webOS, Matias Duarte, came onboard to Google. You saw the difference immediately between Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich.

4. palmguy

Posts: 974; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Yes please!! I know it's OS has been sold(dang HP), buried (LG TV's), and copied(iPhone X), but I would love any phone named Palm with the soul of webOS. R.I.P. webOS :-(

5. LiveFaith

Posts: 389; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

I'm with you palmguy. Absolutely loved my Pre+ and was ready for HP to take the brand to the next level. The potential was so great. At least Apple, BB, and even Android stripped some of the awesome gesture goodies from the platform and integrated them. Unfortunately, this will probably end up being yet another Android mid ranger with the Palm brand to try and move a few.

7. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

I had several Palms, ranging from the Palm Pilot organizer to at least 2 of the phones, and one of the HP Windows versions that looked the same externally. Let's see what they come up with. The physical keyboards were always a great plus.

8. warrenellis93

Posts: 540; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

At the time the only thing i didnt like about the palm pre was the lag, but it was overall my favorite phone

11. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Hmm... interesting development... not too long right after LG's opened WebOS back up? Coincidence? Maybe not..or does LG plan to become that other platform provider a'la El Goog? We'll see. Even if this is just half true, the harder other half is how TCL plan to NOT half ass this to work.

12. tokuzumi

Posts: 1844; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Web OS was a great start to a mobile OS. But the hardware was garbage. I was so excited to get the original Palm Pre (I was on Sprint). My buddy at work got one, and I ran over to his desk to check it out. I was so disappointed. I ended up going with the HTC Hero which came out shortly thereafter and never looked back. Been on Android ever since.

13. Neoberry99

Posts: 66; Member since: Jun 30, 2015

Palm with the BlackBerry keyboard. Interesting.

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