Palm piloted into HP; time to get busy with WebOS

By Richi Jennings. July 2, 2010.

HP has completed its $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm. The announcement includes confirmation of tablet and smartphone plans. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ponder another fully-integrated smartphone and tablet vendor, like Apple.

Your humble blogwatcher selected these bloggy morsels for your enjoyment. Not to mention crazy code comment...


    Adam Ostrow applauds HP's "bold move":

HP has closed on its ... acquisition of Palm, and ... confirmed that it plans to develop tablets ... and netbooks based on ... webOS. ... HP also plans to continue to develop smartphones. ... Tablets and netbooks were one of the big reasons we assumed HP bought Palm. ... With everyone from Apple to Dell getting into the game ... HP had little choice.


What will be interesting to watch, however, is what devices ... the company builds for other platforms. ... HP’s strategy appears to be a lot more like that of Apple, controlling both the hardware and the operating system.

Robin Wauters wasn't in Pink Floyd:

The price, as previously announced, is $5.70 per share of Palm common stock, paid in cash ... roughly $1.2 billion. ... HP repeats that it intends to double down on the ... webOS platform and Palm’s line of smartphones. ... [HP] points out that it has also just bought itself a bag of intellectual property.


Jon Rubinstein, former Palm chairman and CEO, [leads] the Palm global business unit [which] will report to Todd Bradley, EVP of the Personal Systems Group at HP. ... I, for one, look very much forward to what comes out of the merger.

Dean Takahashi says it, "creates an interesting new challenger in smartphones and tablets":

HP gets control of its own operating system at a time when other tech giants are also becoming more vertically oriented. ... That’s a loss for Microsoft, since HP had been planning to build a tablet computer using Windows 7, and HP was reportedly working on a Windows Phone 7 smartphone as well.


Rubinstein said the deal will accelerate the development of Palm’s platform. ... As for Palm, it’s the end of an era of independent innovation that began in 1992. ... It will be interesting to see where HP goes next with its new operating system.

But Siyahi notes some sub-optimal staffing situations:

Over the course of the HP buyout, Palm has also seen some if its key staff ... leave ... such as webOS designer Matias Duarte, webOS banner notification designer Rich Dellinger, VP of Public Relations Lynn Fox and VP of Carrier Marketing Caitlin Spaan.

And James Kendrick has advice for HP:

Send a clear message to Palm’s webOS developers that states [HP's] full commitment to the platform. ... The company would do well to assuage ... uncertainty over HP’s intentions with webOS. ... HP could do so by being clear in its intentions and communications.


Tablets have only recently gotten a lot of attention, but HP has been making them for nearly a decade. ... HP knows how to build these things. ... HP needs to beat the big Android tablets to market. Get a solid webOS tablet to market ... and it will have a big impact.

Meanwhile, Tom Krazit is the master of the pithy one-liner:

And just like that, [HP] is a relevant smartphone company again.

And Finally...

Crazy code comment

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