The Chinese giant TCL confirmed that it is the new owner of the Palm brand (the historic pioneer palmtops and smartphones), an operation that had leaked a few days ago but which lacked official confirmation.
The purchase of the brand does not include WebOS, the operating system that gave life to the latest generation of devices from Palm, which HP bought in 2010 and that from 2013 is in the hands of LG, which uses it to their TVs.
TCL, which is also owner of the Alcatel OneTouch brand for phones (and their own device TCL) reported that created a company called Palm Inc., based in the US, and will seek the support of the user community to generate new devices creating what they called “collective project of larger scale seen in the industry”, although they did not specify when the new equipment will be available.
According to the company, committed to recover the value of the brand and respond to the needs of their community with hardware, software and services; they did not elaborate, but clarified that it will not use WebOS but any other alternative (Android, most likely).
“Palm has always inspired affection and emotions. And that’s why TCL took the initiative to rebuild the brand involving the Palm user community”, said the statement.