Fifteen years ago, Palm devices were everywhere, as its PDAs were ubiquitous with business people. Palm eventually transitioned to smartphones with its fantastic webOS, but that did little to compete with the iPhone. The company was ultimately sold to HP but sales began to lag, resulting in the line’s cancellation.
TCL bought the rights to the Palm brand in 2011 and talked about relaunching the line, but it never happened. Until now.
TCL marketing manager Stefan Streit told Android Planet that the company is planning to announce new Palm devices in 2018. However, Streit did not expand on details of the upcoming Palm devices.
Most likely the devices will run on Android, and not the defunct webOS. It would have been really cool to see webOS make a comeback.
The move is similar to what TCL is doing with BlackBerry. When BlackBerry decided to stop manufacturing its own, TCL stepped in. It sounds as if it’ll be a similar situation with the Palm brand.
Hopefully, we’ll see the return of the Palm Pre or something like it. That would be a nice blast from the past.