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Palm buys Handspring

Palm today announced the acquisition of Handspring - transaction expected to be final this fall. No word on Visor support.

http://www.visorcentral.com/content/Stories/1499-1.htm

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Too late

If they'd done it in 2001-2002 - before Donna pulling the plug on the Visor had really sunk in - Handspring might actually have something that Palm could use. But now? They've already got a Treo-wannabe, it's not like it'd take much to turn the Tungsten-W into a full cellphone. This seems more like marketing or a political bailout than anything.

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Well, this is the proverbial "END" that we have all been waiting for. It was pretty obvious it was going to happen, but it is nice to have a definite turning point... not a slow fade out.

Well, I guess it has been fading for some time now.

-sigh-

It was fun while it lasted. I still use my prism everyday. What a great product!

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I just wish they'd lasted long enough to give us a Prism II.

(wavylines)

160x220 or 240x320, transflective display with soft grafitti area, 16M, Super-Z 66 MHz CPU, and back to the original Palm form factor... and a dual-slot springboard module (CF+SD with VFS, Wifi, and SDIO drivers) with 16M flash...

(washboard scratch and rimshot)

Back to reality...

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Deja vu... weren't some of us talking about this being a logical step about a year ago?

Solid pluses- Jeff is back where he might be able to keep his visions alive and moving forward. I know that means he will be abandoning the Springboard idea, but I am excited by what he sees as the next level- his visions outlined in "Piloting Palm" have pretty much been coming along on several levels.

I think getting Ed back into the mix will help nicely as well.

The new Tungstens and Zire lines have shown me that Palm is getting serious about the PDA business again, and that is certainly good news.

Prediciton: Within the next couple years, Palm will be back in a leadership role with a new hybrid model that will create a wireless handheld device that be even greater than Sony's great vision for mobility integration.

(I'd love to post a link for that, but I cannot find the article about it. Basically, one of Sony's leaders is looking to wirelessly integrate your electronics so you would 'wear' a headset and screen that is smart enough to display what you want based on a number of cues. It would pick-up and coordinate music, data, voice, etc. from a variety of sources... yada yada yada.)

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Thumbs up

1. This is good news.
2. Forget the time wasters of "woulda, coulda, shoulda".
3. What is more important - that people said this should have happened x-amount of time ago or that it is happening now? 4.Reserve the "I told you so's" Bitterness is toxic.
5. Things "corporate" always take longer than we want them to.
1. This is good news!!

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The only way this could be good news is if Palm has someone who can take care of good ideas once Hawkins has found something shinier to play with. Making Hawkins CTO just seems like a bad idea to me. Hopefully that's just a courtesy title and there's someone else as overall technical lead...

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quote:
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Deja vu... weren't some of us talking about this being a logical step about a year ago? [...]
Possibly even longer than that. I still doubt that Hawkins and Dubinsky have much value to the 'reuniting'. Hawkins has some of the vision thing, but that vision thing thinks that smartphones are the next big wave (maybe they are, but a PDA company is unlikely to win that fight over the likes of Nokia, IMO). The only hopeful part to this I see is that Palm SG should have an excellent engineering base to draw upon now to get some better execution (which is what really matters in the real world) of design. Hope they can keep Rob Haitani et al in the fold.

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If palm will now have access to the springboard technology, do you think they might revive it in future models? Just a dream of mine

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If palm will now have access to the springboard technology, do you think they might revive it in future models? Just a dream of mine
Well, if they figure they've got all the other markets covered and decide they want to go after Symbol in the commercial/industrial market, or Alphasmart in educational...

(wavy lines)

(grinding gears)

Nah... never happen.

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The only way this could be good news is if Palm has someone who can take care of good ideas once Hawkins has found something shinier to play with. Making Hawkins CTO just seems like a bad idea to me. Hopefully that's just a courtesy title and there's someone else as overall technical lead...


Hasn't Hawkins title been CTO for a while now?

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Hasn't Hawkins title been CTO for a while now?
I think it's been Chief Product Officer for a while now.

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Hasn't Hawkins title been CTO for a while now?
Not at Palm it hasn't.

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