Yep, it’s happening: Palm is back.
TCL Communications, parent company of Alcatel Onetouch, has confirmed that it’s acquired the Palm brand, with TCL George Guo explaining that the purchase was made because he believes that the Palm brand “has value.” TCL is confident that it can bring that value back.
So what will TCL do with Palm? Well, Guo tells Phone Scoop that it wants the mobile community to suggest ideas for new devices, software, and apps that could carry the Palm brand. It’s not yet clear exactly how this’ll work, but TCL will dedicate engineers and manufacturing efforts to the project.
TCL Communications and Alcatel Onetouch dabble in many different mobile products, including ones that are powered by Android. Whether or not we’ll see any Android-based products bear the Palm name in the future remains to be seen, but there’s a chance. However, Guo says that while TCL is open to all ideas, he notes that it “probably” won’t use webOS.
It also remains to be seen whether or not these new Palm products will see any success, but considering the cachet that the Palm brand has, I’m sure that lots of people will be watching this play out in the coming months.