Report: Palm to Build 'Mansion'
October 5, 2010 9:01 AM
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HP Executive Jon Rubinstein swore he would save Palm.
(Source: Business Insider)
A keyboard-less, high-res webOS 2.0 device?
The folks at
have been informed
by a reliable tipster that Palm is planning a new, touchscreen only webOS 2.0 device and successor to the Palm Pre, currently codenamed "Mansion".
Little else is known about the Mansion at the moment, except that it will not have a physical keyboard (the first for a webOS device), and will boast a 800 x 480 screen resolution.
commenter noted that the Pre was originally codenamed "Castle."
purchased by Hewlett-Packard
in July, but neither the newly acquired company, nor its parent have released many plans regarding their future mobile devices. There were even reports that HP's former CEO, Mark Hurd, was
going to let Palm smartphones die
. But then he resigned after a scandal involving a relationship with an HP contractor, and a former Apple executive
swore he would help rescue
the dying Palm smartphone brand. To add insult to injury, the lead webOS designer
fled Palm for Google
to work on Android.
A recent study showed
Palm's webOS was just barely ahead of RIM's Blackberry OS in terms of customer satisfaction, but lagged behind Google's Android and Apple's iOS considerably. The same study showed that likely future smartphone buyers weren't even considering a webOS device. Seriously, it had zero percent of the votes.
Will a sleeker form factor and higher resolution screen be enough to save the beleaguered mobile unit? Hardly. But we have yet to see what else Palm might include in the Mansion. A codename like that suggests a powerful, high-quality device. It's entirely possible that a well-priced, top-tier mobile device running an updated version of webOS could carve out a niche in the smartphone marketplace. But Palm is fighting an uphill battle with this one, and with every new Android phone to hit the market, and
the forthcoming Windows Phone 7 blitz
around the corner, that hill becomes steeper and steeper.
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I like it!
10/5/2010 10:38:50 AM
Nothing wrong at all with giving me another option when I upgrade next spring/summer. WebOS is currently a top notch OS and it just needs to be coupled with a decent hardware platform. I can see HP/Palm moving into the 3rd spot in overall mobile sales with (hopefully) a good re-launch of Palm based products. Bring on the Slate!
RE: I like it!
10/6/2010 8:39:50 AM
Exactly... freegin awesome OS on cheap rickety hardware.
If I could have my Web OS on a Droid 2 I would be in smartphone nirvana.
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