Palm's CEO Jon Rubinstein hinted, when the firm announced a poor outlook during its last quarterly results, that he would be open to acquisition offers. Now the Pre maker is courting buyers more actively, hiring Goldman Sachs and Qatalyst Partners to seek offers as early as this week, according to Bloomberg. The news service …
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Given that they're both Linux based, I wonder if there is any possible merge of the two down the road. Android has a huge number of devices out there, but the UI really isn't anything to write home about. Nothing bad, but nothing great either. Put the WebOS UI on there and it could be an amazing system.
Shame it'll probably never happen..
"The company has developed a highly valuable asset in webOS. "
Presumably what that really means is: "Palm have spent shed loads of money on this new OS, and need to recoup it somehow. No-one wants to buy any hardware, but maybe we can still sell the software?"
I used to love the older Palm models, but once they tried to get into the smart-phone market they totally failed to impress, and their death is now almost inevitable.