Palm is set to return to the market as a smartphone brand. Chinese manufacturer TCL has earlier stated that it owns the right to the brand, and is now reportedly developing a new device for the US carrier Verizon.
The new Palm device is said be heading to the US telco in the second half of the year according to the same report. It may end up as a US exclusive device, considering that Verizon was a big partner for the Palm brand back in the days, with the telco carrying many of the brand’s product up to the Palm Pre 2.
Palm was one of the earliest maker of the Personal Digital Assistant, also known as the PDA. It then ventured into the smartphone business with the Palm OS and eventually developed its own OS, the WebOS which is now under the domain of LG. That said, TCL is building the latest Palm to run on Android instead.
TCL is the name behind the continued existence of Blackberry smartphones, which could be a positive development for fans of the old Palm brand. As for international availability for the Palm devices; this is still unknown for the time being. However with TCL’s global presence and marketing, the Palm brand may see a resurgence as a niche name once again.
(Source: Android Police)