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Rumor: Palm ditching webOS for Android?

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 4 years ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Jon Rubinstein, in an internal Palm memo that will be released in full shortly, is showing support for Android to replace the webOS on the Palm Pre Plus. Citing competition with the iPhone and exponential growth from the Android operating system (specifically mentioning the Motorola Droid), the leaked memo first came as a confidential internal email to certain members of the software development branch of the company.

The memo partially states: "While Palm is incredibly proud of our engineers who spent timeless work and effort to bring us this advanced operating system, consumers simply have not caught on. To provide a better future for ourselves and our customers, the only logical choice is to transition our hardware and software to the Android platform."

WebOS won't officially go away (the UI and notifications feature, which have been heavily praised by reviewers, are more than likely going to be integrated, a la Sense UI, into the Android platform), according to the memo.

Software engineers are to begin working on Palm's own builds of Android as soon as the device maker officially joins the Open Handset Alliance, which other executives at Palm say could be as soon as next week. An official statement from the company is expected as soon as the union is made.

Palm Inc.'s stock took a nosedive earlier this month when it was reported that its projections for revenue were down 50% than initially estimated. On Friday, the stock fell $1.65, or 29%, to $4.00. That value remained relatively unchanged during Monday's trading.

The full leaked memo will be posted on wikileaks.org around midnight Eastern."

8 comments

Now that would be a ridiculously stupid move (1)

Dorsch (1773388) | more than 4 years ago | (#31584430)

WebOS is probably the most valueable asset Palm has and is in many aspects (excluding the number of apps available in the App-Catalog) superior to Android.

So Palm is going to compete in the mobile hardware business? The Pre's hardware isn't that special, so this would make absolutely no sense.

This rumor is either false or Palm's execs have lost their minds.

Won’t help. (1)

marmoset (3738) | more than 4 years ago | (#31585196)

It makes no sense, as it wouldn’t actually solve any of their problems -- they have a channel stuffed with inventory of their current phones, and becoming yet another “me too” Android vendor does nothing to fix that.

Why so many lies about Palm? (1)

sacherjj (7595) | more than 4 years ago | (#31585618)

These days, I wonder if people are posting blatantly false lies about Palm to assure that their short of the stock is successful.

FALSE-DELETE (1)

markdavis (642305) | more than 4 years ago | (#31589276)

This is a completely FALSE rumor and needs to be deleted and stopped RIGHT NOW.

http://www.precentral.net/patently-false-rumor-day-palm-ditching-webos-android [precentral.net]
http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/23/palm-moving-to-android-to-stay-alive-not-according-to-palm/ [engadget.com]

Android has essentially NO advantages over WebOS, and it makes absolutely NO sense for Palm to try and "WebOS-ify" Android. Need I remind people that WebOS isn't even a year old and is already far, far more usable and stable than Android was after 1 year.

Someone posting this "rumor" is just trying to cause FUD.

Re:FALSE-DELETE (1)

d3ac0n (715594) | more than 3 years ago | (#31597288)

I agree. It would seem that there is a cadre of people specifically out to KILL Palm. Personally I suspect Google-funded professional trolls.

Re:FALSE-DELETE (1)

lipilee (690444) | more than 3 years ago | (#31599236)

not doubting that it is "far more usable and stable than Android was after 1 year", and not rooting for or against the switch, I would ask: where is the market share? some would say BeOS was far more usable than GNU in the early days and what could they do with it. anyways, good luck Palm.
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