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Rubinstein, Father of WebOS, Leaves HP

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Top message:  Statement from Hewlett Packard by bluecoyote   Jan 27, 2012, 1:33 PM

Replying to:  Re: So let me get this straight... by Slammer   Jan 28, 2012, 11:02 AM

Re: So let me get this straight...

by T Bone    Jan 28, 2012, 4:12 PM

I don't think HP ruined it, I think Palm ruined it but HP found itself unwilling or unable to clean up after Palm......

It's hard to remember now, but in the months leading up to the release of the Palm Pre in 2009, it was uberhyed and uberanticipated, almost as much as the original iPhone had been two years earlier, but then Palm decided to make the Pre and the Pixi a Sprint exclusive, which was an error because Sprint is a CDMA carrier, thereby cutting off the business customers who travel overseas.....and then they dithered 18 months in releasing a GSM version....and the advertising for the Pre was ridiculously awful...watching those hideous ads it wasn't even clear just what the Pre WAS....if you were an average consumer who didn't follow the technology media, you probably didn't know what the hell those ads were supposed to be advertising....'What is the Palm Pre supposed to be A candy bar? A soft drink? A new model of car? What the hell?'

And then the Pre and the Pixi both turned out to have incredibly shoddy hardware that broke easily, and Palm decided to NOT do what RIM had done for the Blackberry and get a license to provide support for iTunes sync, resulting in a ridiculous tug of war between Palm and Apple with Apple locking Palm out, and then Palm working their way back in.....

Really, the platform was 90% dead before HP bought it.....Palm killed it through chronic stupidity.

And that was the problem with Palm, during its entire existence: they made good products, but the company was always badly mismanaged and only rarely turned a profit even during the 'salad days' when it seemed everyone had a Palm Pilot or a Palm Treo.

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