Hot off the presses: HP buys Palm. No joke. This is right out of left field, as most people didn’t expect it. In hindsight, it does make a lot of sense considering this move immediately puts HP on the smartphone map. Most analysts see this as a win-win for both parties. Palm has a big influx of cash while HP gets into the smartphone market with the WebOS available for future mobile devices (can you say, HP Tablet?).
Speaking of HP Tablet, I totally believe the WebOS would make a superior OS for that device over Windows 7. WebOS is lightweight and fast, and developers would have a field day writing apps for a larger faster platform than their smartphone counterparts.
So, we’ll just have to see how all of this falls out. I would imagine that HP will keep Palm intact (using the Palm brand name) much like they did with Compaq when they merged with that company.