webOS 2.0 coming ‘later this year’, HP Slate is for the enterprise

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In an interview with Fortune, HP’s Jon Rubinstein, former CEO of Palm, stated that webOS 2.0 is slated to be released “later this year.” That’s a good indication that we can look to expect a few different devices coming from the Palm and HP camp; since they are working on developing new hardware “aggressively.” I personally would love a Palmpad, or even a revamped Pre 2.

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HP’s McKinney shows rollable high-tech mylar display at MobileBeat

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When HP bought Palm their minds were set on delivering a complete experience to the end-user, similar to Apple’s hold on all aspects of their products – from software to hardware. HP’s CTO Phil McKinney at MobileBeat expressed in a not so direct way, how this is also their plan, “When you look at success in the marketplace, it’s about those companies that can control the end-to-end experience,” McKinney said. With Palm now in their back pocket we can be sure future HP devices will not be built around Windows or Android operating systems.

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Palm attracted much more interest than just HP

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You know how HP went and spent over a billion dollars to buy Palm? Remember how we thought a few other companies — like Lenovo and HTC — were interested in picking up Palm? Well, it turns out that we were right. According to an SEC filing, a total of five companies were participating in an all-out bidding war to buy Palm. Unfortunately for us, the same filing doesn’t mention the other four companies by name.

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HP to takeover Palm for $1.2B

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Struggling mobile software and hardware maker Palm caught a lucky break today. HP has put in a bid to purchase the company for $1.2 billion in cash. The news came this afternoon after HP and Palm’s board of directors approved the purchase for $5.70 per share. $1.10 above today’s closing price.

HP plans to use their global distribution strength to deliver new smartphones and connected mobile devices supporting “true multitasking”. Whether or not the Palm brand will remain is unknown. But HP does need their expertise to compete with Apple.

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HTC no longer interested in buying Palm

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Palm is struggling in this world filled with Android, BlackBerry and iPhones. Even Microsoft has a glimmer of hope with the pending release of Windows Phone 7 Series. Then, Palm thought that it saw the light at the end of the tunnel when it was said that HTC wanted to buy them. Well, that hasn’t worked out either. It seems that Palm just can’t catch a break.

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Get ready for yet another smartphone OS from HTC

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HTC got its start in the smartphone business by creating a wide range of Windows Mobile handsets under a variety of different banners. More recently, the company has developed a good number of Google Android phones too. Well, it seems that HTC Has yet another card up its sleeve: its own smartphone OS.

Cheng Hui-ming is the chief financial officer of HTC and he recently had an interview with Bloomberg wherein he revealed that the company is developing its own smartphone platform. As if Android and Windows Mobile weren’t enough, they want to add yet another OS to the mix.

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Palm to be purchased by HTC or Lenovo?

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The Palm Pre was supposed to represent the resurgence of the company. The Palm Centro and Palm Treo were quickly losing market share, but the Pre was new, exciting and innovative. Unfortunately, it seems that it wasn’t quite as big a success as Palm had hoped.

As such, there are rumors going around that Palm is available for sale and it already has two very interested suitors. Even though these acquisition rumors are just that — rumors — the Palm stock price shot up about 10% today based on the news.

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AT&T adds Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus to phone line

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AT&T plans to offer the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus to their network of 80 million customers. This will expand AT&T’s offering of available smartphones to include those of the Palm webOS type, the only to hit their network.

The Palm Pre Plus has a slider keyboard and 16GB of storage. It will sell for $149.99 with a two-year plan after a $100 mail-in rebate. Palm’s Pixi Plus is their slimmest phone and it adds Wi-Fi, a full QWERTY keyboard and two color choices of black or blue (exclusive to AT&T) on for $49.99 with a two-year plan.

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