Harry - 7:42 am on Nov 9, 2011 (gmt 0)
So HP's new CEO Meg Whitman has called a meeting with the remainder 500 employees of Palm to tell them what would be their fate and that of webOS, the Web-based OS introduced in 2009 and that was really advanced for its time back then, but has had parts of it and its creators "borrowed" by every other competitors.
When former CEO Leo Apotheker announced the gutting of the Palm unit, as well as dumping the whole personal group system, the reaction from stockholders and anyone with a brain was bad. Apotheker was kicked out a month a half later and replaced with Whitman.
Since, she's reversed the decision on the dumping of the personal systems' group and announced today that HP had not made any decision on what to do with Palm and webOS. She said, however, that a decision would be taken in a month at the most.
I know many don't care about Palm and webOS and would probably like to see it burn and die, but it's still got tons of value. Notice that Apple has never sued Palm or HP on anything mobile-related - and they never will. webOS was the first mobile OS to copy several patented tricks from Apple's iOS like pinch to zoom and unlocking your phone by swiping up. Palm is virtually untouchable because of its patents portfolio. It has the patent on the smartphone, three-way calling, light sensitivity, airplane mode, and a truckload of core mobile patents that would make any attack by Apple, Nokia, Rim, Microsoft or Google a mutually assured self-destruction. The word on the street is that you don't sue the guy who owns the patent on the smartphone.
This story is to be continued...