TCL confirms acquisition, will create a new Palm

China-based TCL Communication, the holding company of affordable mobile device vendor Alcatel OneTouch, has confirmed recent reports it has snapped up the Palm brand from HP. TCL said it is to create a new US-based company, Palm Inc., which will take ownership of the brand and development of mobile devices.

Palm brand apparently acquired by TCL Alcatel for 2015 US smartphone push

Having already disposed of the majority of its abortive Palm acquisition, HP has now handed over the brand. While there has been no formal announcement from either party, all the evidence points towards the Palm brand having been snapped up by TCL Alcatel, presumably to badge a range of smartphones.

HP to put webOS on every PC it ships

Perhaps Palm’s webOS software platform shouldn’t be discounted just yet. Disruptive HP CEO Leo Apotheker raised eyebrows this week with news of a plan to stick the underdog OS on millions of PCs from next year.

HP unveils little and large webOS devices

Palm-owner HP aimed to whet appetites ahead of Barcelona next week, lifting the curtain on a portfolio of devices sporting the webOS platform. The range includes a tablet device, naturally, as well as another successor to the Pre and – perhaps going against the trend – a small form factor smartphone.

HP to refocus on organic development

HP’s newly installed CEO, Leo Apotheker, has taken a “brave new approach” with the company, which this week posted a five per cent increase in earnings year on year. Whereas former CEO Mark Hurd made HP an efficient technology company by reducing the cost of doing business as well as R&D spend, Apotheker has vowed to increase organic development initiatives.

Palm webOS 2.0 on the way

HP, the owner of handset manufacturer Palm, has announced the most significant update to the webOS platform since its launch in 2009 – webOS 2.0. The latest version of the operating system will debut on the Palm Pre 2 smartphone, which will launch this week.

HP reveals tablet plans

The new owner of Palm has plans to break into the tablet market in the near future with a device that may well be called the ‘PalmPad’.

HP to buy Palm, invest in webOS

PC giant HP has emerged as Palm’s saving grace, agreeing to pick up the struggling handset vendor for $1.2bn in cash.

Palm sale reported to be close

Embattled US smartphone manufacturer Palm is the subject of speculation following a Bloomberg report that the firm has put itself up for sale.

RIM shines; Palm getting better

Canadian handset manufacturer RIM (Research In Motion) was on good form during the quarter for the three months to the end of November, notching up an increase in net profit from $396m in 2008 to $628m in 2009.

New leaders could emerge in handset market

In the mobile handset space, volume market leaders like Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola and Sony Ericsson are being challenged by RIM, Apple, HTC and Palm, which are significantly eroding their market share with an assault in the smartphone market.

O2 UK beefs up its data network

Anticipating increased demand for mobile data services, and perhaps seeking to offset criticism over congestion, O2 UK has announced plans build out 1,500 new network sites in 2010.

RIM packs widgets; Palm opens developer programme

Canadian device manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) on Tuesday showed off its BlackBerry Widget Software Development Kit (SDK) – a suite of tools allowing third party application developers to build rich, web-based applications for BlackBerry handsets.

Orange UK gets hands on iPhone in UK

Telefonica O2 better hope the soon to be released Palm Pre sells well in the UK, as the carrier is about to lose its exclusivity deal on the Apple iPhone.

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