Just because Palm is in the middle of being purchased by HP, the company is not showing any signs of stopping. In fact, the acquisition has most certainly encouraged Palm to take new strides in its progress. In a developers webinar put on by Palm and AT&T yesterday, Palm’s representative had some encouraging words to say about its future with HP.
Palm’s rep responded to a question on what its plans were in regards to releasing new devices:
I’m not allowed to talk about future roadmaps, especially because we’re in the process of being acquired by HP, so I can’t say. But yes we have a road map. We are working on future devices. And [a] new version of the OS. So I think, you’re going to find the next year very exciting.
By “next year”, the rep could certainly mean it in one of two ways: the year 2010, or the upcoming 12-month period ending June 2011. I personally think it’s the latter. Once the acquisition officially goes through, Palm will have access to a lot more resources with HP than it did on its own; not to mention HP’s incredible interest in WebOS as a mobile platform.
We have already heard rumors of a WebOS slate device, but it’s encouraging to hear that a whole roadmap exists for Palm that includes new devices AND some sort of WebOS 2.0 to go on those devices. Will HP’s buyout be the best thing that ever happened to Palm? Hard to say for sure (especially given the multitude of Palm execs jumping ship as of late), but with this kind of vision in the works, it certainly can’t be the worst.
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