Well that didn't take long. After finalizing the purchase of beleaguered mobile tech company Palm back on the first of July, Hewlett Packard has already filed the company's first patent under the banner of their new acquisition. Will HP's newly acquired webOS be able to gain traction in a mobile market that at this time belongs to iOS and Android?
Earlier this year, the hot news in technology was all about who or what was going to acquire Palm. At the end of the fiasco, HP was the one who walked away victorious with Palm's secret blueprints, acquiring the company for $1.2 billion in late April.
However, word on the street is that the competition for Palm was probably greater than we thought. Apple, Google and BlackBerry makers Research in Motion were also vying for the company's mobile technology.
It's hard to imagine life without our iPhones--let alone GPS, apps, an HD camera and a retina display. But before the RAZR, the BlackBerry and even the StarTAC, there was an unlikely phrase that gave rise to the notion that mobile radios will be able to make calls across countries and oceans: Over and out.
Yesterday, Hewlett-Packard's chief executive Mark Hurd said that his company didn't buy Palm with the intention of entering the smartphone business, but rather his company has plans to use the newly acquired technology to fuel "small form factor web-connected devices."
Palm's had a rough year, with lower than expected sales of their handsets, bizarre advertising campaigns, and plummeting profit expectations. They could really use a hug. Don't worry Palm, HTC's here for you buddy. Everything's gonna be OK... shhhhh...