Combination will accelerate HP’s growth within the more than $100 billion connected mobile device market
PALO ALTO and SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 28, 2010
HP and Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ: PALM) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase Palm, a provider of smartphones powered by the Palm webOS mobile operating system, at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash or an enterprise value of approximately $1.2 billion. The transaction has been approved by the HP and Palm boards of directors.
The last time I posted about the ACCESS Linux Platform was in August 2007 when some screenshots were shown at LinuxWorld. If you remember, ALP was the Linux-based operating system that Palm was planning to use for their mobile phones at one time. Palm then broke off into software (PalmSource) and hardware (PalmOne) and then PalmSource was aquired by ACCESS. ACCESS then created the ALP, which Palm was intending to use in their new devices. Palm then said they were working on their own Linux OS and we now see they have launched their own Linux-based OS as Palm WebOS. It appears that ALP is still alive though as we see it being a part of the new Sony Cybershot DSC-G3 camera.
これに使われているブラウザが NetFront を搭載しているので、同じ ACCESS の商品でもある ALP を使っていたとしてもなんらおかしくはないかもしれないですよね。
それに ALP が本来あるべきところの PDA やスマートフォンの分野って、iPhone OS 、webOS 、Android などすにで市場は群雄割拠状態。ずいぶんと前に発表してから、いまだに日の目を見ない ALP が市場に食い込むには遅すぎた感じでもあります。
であるなら、縁の下の力持ちというか、カスタマイズ性の良い組み込む用 OS としての地位を獲得していく方がいいような気がしちゃったりします。Palm OS の DNA はそうやって引き継がれていけそうですもんね。