HP and Palm OS Mobile Dominance: What do you think?

As previously reported HP has stepped in to buy Palm and the deal should insure the survival of the webOS smartphone maker. HP wants to move more into the mobile phone arena and probably sees Palm as a good opportunity to do so.

Palm used to be at the top of the mobile food chain, put over the years has been overtaken in the mobile world by the likes of the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android. Palm’s webOS smartphones were seen as being their saviour devices, but they failed which resulted in where Palm is today, soon to be owned by HP.

Apparently HP sees the Palm webOS as a prize asset and will be pushed out across multiple devices, and the speculation is that webOS will remain on smartphones and possibly move onto HP tablets.

But simply saying webOS is a prize asset isn’t really enough as Palm thought the same when it delivered webOS but sales of webOS devices prove otherwise or Palm wouldn’t have been in the position of having to be purchased to survive.

The real question is can HP and Palm make webOS a dominant operating system in the mobile space, which still means competing against the Android OS, BlackBerry OS and of course the iPhone OS.

So readers what are your thoughts, do you feel HP acquiring Palm will make Palm OS dominant in the mobile market? Drop us a comment with your thoughts in the area below.


4 thoughts on “HP and Palm OS Mobile Dominance: What do you think?”

  1. jay says:

    WebOS is magnificos! Its simplicity and intuitiveness will kill all other MOBILE OS… Beware steve jobs, we know for sure you are bitting yr nails now…

  2. jeffq says:

    Palm has proven many times that it knows how to design excellent hardware and software. webOS is the latest demonstration of the latter, but the Pre and Pixi both suffer from too-little and too-late features (e.g., a poor fixed-focus camera, a relatively slow CPU). That these phones actually work extraordinarily well, within their limitations, suggests to me that Palm designers and engineers are still tops in getting the most out of what they have to work with.

    If HP can give Palm the funds it needs to quickly build faster successors to Pre with improved features, Palm can compete with Apple’s excellence, possible becoming the #2 single phone line. (I don’t see them topping Apple’s extreme popularity for the foreseeable future, and Android is probably on track for most-deployed smartphone OS regardless.)

    Palm’s biggest problems seem to come from lack of business acumen and effective marketing. If HP can provide these (along with desperately-needed development funding) and doesn’t interfere with their product design and execution (other than to push the pace), I think Palm has a very good chance at surpassing any single family of Android phones.

  3. Nora says:

    What palm operating system? My calender and contacts are now residing at google not palm. The memo function is a joke as it synches with nothing I can use (ditto the to-do). And my ability to synch with my former Palm desktop is dead unless I pay $40 to a vendor for an app since Palm stop supporting tangible connectivity unless I go the the net on my desktop/netbook/laptop/etc. Now that Palm is like the other mobile phones and has removed the features and reasons that I selected Palm OS for 20 years, I will be moving to the other smartphones on my next upgrade.

  4. palm os doesn’t compare to android,blackberry, and iphone. I’ve had other smart phones, and they had better apps. I can’t even even get itunes or any other media player apps. I have security cameras that I would like to access but this os doesn’t support. Are there any plans to upgrade?

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