“Palm is poised to make what some analysts are calling its last stand at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show, where it is expected to introduce its long-awaited Linux-based operating system,” Ryan Kim reports for The San Francisco Chronicle. “Code-named Nova, it will power a new generation of smart phones and potentially other devices.”
“The stakes are high for Palm, which risks permanent irrelevancy or worse if it can’t generate some buzz and momentum around its combination of hardware and software,” Kim reports.
“The new system will replace the aging Palm OS platform, which continues to run on smart phones like the Palm Centro, a brisk-selling but low-margin device. Palm also will continue to sell hardware running Windows Mobile software,” Kim reports.
“Palm has its work cut out for it. In its most recent quarter, Palm sold 599,000 smart phones, down 13 percent from the previous year. Apple, meanwhile, sold 6.9 million iPhones in its most recent quarter,” Kim reports.
“‘There’s no momentum behind Palm,’ said analyst Pablo Perez-Fernandez of Global Crown Capital. ‘There’s really no room for Palm. If you ask new developers if they want to write for a marginalized company or a company like Apple, the answer is obvious,'” Kim reports. Plus, the “new Nova products aren’t expected to premiere until mid-2009, which means more pressure for Palm in the short term.”
Full article here.
Cue the fat lady.
We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone. PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in. – Ed Colligan, Palm CEO, November 16, 2006, laughing off the idea of Apple entering the smartphone market.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James W.” for the heads up.]