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Is Palm going up for sale soon? Wouldn't an HTC webOS device be killer?

Palm started out 2009 with a bang after announcing webOS, but the launch never seemed to live up to the promise and Palm is struggling yet again. Rumors report they are going up for sale soon so now the speculation possible buyers will surface.
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Written by Matthew Miller, Contributor writer on

I have been posting on Twitter (you can follow me if you like) for a few weeks that HTC should buy Palm and roll out Treo 650 form factor (HTC did make this Palm OS device), Nexus One form factor, or HD2 form factor webOS device. IMHO, Palm has one of the best mobile operating systems with awesome multi-tasking, great app switcher, fantastic games, and a very stable operating system. Their weakness is in the hardware that I feel is subpar for today's devices. We hear rumors from Bloomberg that Palm may be putting itself up for sale so my dream device may eventually come true.

Lenovo may also be an interested party with Dell apparently passing up the opportunity. I have also stated before that RIM would be a good candidate to buy Palm since they both focus on hardware QWERTY keyboards and RIM could definitely use a mobile operating system upgrade. Imagine a BlackBerry device with webOS for the cool modern stuff and RIM's OS experience bringing enterprise-class email and security to the device.

HTC currently makes Windows Mobile and Google Android products. They will also most likely make Windows Phone 7 devices, but with far less customization opportunities with WP7 I would think they may seriously consider webOS. They could even still make Google Android devices if they wanted to play in that space too and they have been pretty successful supporting multiple operating systems in the past.

webOS doesn't really have much of a Today screen/glanceable information screen so an HTC webOS device with TouchFLO 3D on it could be pretty compelling. I am not even thinking of what they could do to improve the OS, but just putting what we have with webOS right now on some of their fantastic hardware should be big enough to win many over to webOS, don't you agree?

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