Mar 23 AT 11:41 AM Taylor Wimberly 10 Comments

Palm denies Android rumors, continues slump

An anonymous source posted an interesting Android rumor over on Slashdot last night. They claimed Palm was circulating an internal memo that stated the company would ditch its webOS in favor of Android. It sounds half crazy, but many people thought it could be true considering Palm’s recent struggle to maintain relevancy in the wireless world.

“While Palm is incredibly proud of our engineers who spent timeless work and effort to bring us this advanced operating system, consumers simply have not caught on. To provide a better future for ourselves and our customers, the only logical choice is to transition our hardware and software to the Android platform.”Leaked memo on Slashdot

Palm was quick to deny the rumor with a response to Engadget where they laughed off the news. I was kind of disappointed the rumor was false, but it does raise some interesting questions.

If Palm switched from webOS to Android right now, would it matter? Does anyone want to see Palm’s hardware merged with the Android operating system? We have yet to see a proper Android phone with a portrait qwerty keyboard and I personally like the form factor.

The Palm Pre runs the same TI OMAP 3430 processor as the Motorola Droid, so it shouldn’t be that difficult to port Android to their platform. Maybe this leaked rumor was a ploy to test the medias reaction to the idea.

Via: Wired

Source: Engadget

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  • Ian Wheat

    While I’m obviously an Android fanatic, webOS is a powerful platform with great potential.
    The problem is it’s only on two (or “4″ if you count the Plus) handsets. It hasn’t moved into enough hands and pockets to be worth the time for most developers and users to pay attention to.

  • http://Website Keith Andrew

    I’d be rather disappointed if this happened, in truth. webOS is actually the Pre’s strength, rather than the handset itself.

  • http://Website eClipse

    WebOS was dead before it was released, powerful or not it will never have an adoption rate high enough to be viable.

    As a former USR employee who carried a Palm device for 10 years, the demise of this company is sad, but inevitable, with a line being drawn back to 3Com’s acquisition.

    Shut the doors, sell the assets, and let the ee’s move to a relevant platform before its too late.

    The king is dead, long live the king!

  • http://Website carig

    I’d definitely be disappointed if Palm switched to Android. WebOS is a great system that Android could honestly learn a lot from.

    In the ideal world I suppose the two would merge ideas and take the best from each but I know that’s not happening.

    • Sean Riley

      I’m holding out hope that Google snaps up Palm on the cheap to shore up their IP portfolio for the sake of keeping Apple at bay and then implement some of the better features (like cards) from WebOS into Android.

  • Lukehluke

    I thought it would have been a good idea to use the Android OS for its phones.

  • http://Website Matt

    Obviously this isn’t true, but if Palm were to do anything it should be the opposite. WebOS is a good OS, but their hardware is lacking. The devices they have put out aren’t great and they don’t have a very big selection. If anything, they should halt hardware production and simply produce WebOS for the HTCs and Motorolas of the world. I think a lot of people would buy WebOS phones if there were more options (and obviously the more phones people buy the more dev support they have and ultimately the more money Palm makes).

    • http://Website Ryan D

      I agree completely. If people are not buying your hardware and it is sitting on store shelves how would changing the software affect that? If anything they should be doing like what Matt said: killing off the hardware division, and keeping around just enough programmers to keep the thing running. Sign some new hardware contracts, and who knows?

      It never sold well because it was a closed system that only had two sub-par hardware designs, and horrible marketing, not to mention the Sprint choice. It is a great OS, and actually is sleeker and better than Android in certain ways. The cards feature for example is one thing I would love to see in Android.

  • http://Website brett

    I love webos, but own an android phone because of the wide adoption of it.

    I think what they should of dont in the begining was release the os for free, as google did, to at least get it into peoples hands and onto their phones…

  • anakin78z

    What if Palm joined the OHA, and started working on Android alongside Google? It would seem less like giving up, and more like taking charge of their future. I think it would be friggin fantastic.