Verizon plans to resurrect Palm smartphones

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Chinese manufacturer TCL, responsible for bringing back BlackBerry to life, bought the brand Palm back in 2015. Last summer we heard rumors about a comeback and now we have some details about it. Apparently, Verizon is expected to introduce a Palm smartphone in the second half of 2018. Blast from the past – Palm Pre Information about specs is non-existent. All we know for now is the device will run Android OS, instead of webOS that powered the Palm Pre2 back in 2010. Nostalgia is something that HMD Global skillfully exploits with its Nokia 3310 (2017) and the revived banana…

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Do you want a new Palm phone running Android?

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Way, way back in 2009 we were all left to the mercy of Palm and Sprint, as the two companies worked together to launch the Palm Pre into the wild. What looked like just “another slider phone” quickly turned into something much more, and webOS became one of the best mobile operating systems on the market. We’d see devices like the Pre 2 and the Pixi find their way out the door later, and, if you’re anything like me, that Pixi smartphone surprised you quite a bit.

webOS is one of those things from the past that I wish would make a huge comeback. Just surprise everyone with not only a stable, super user-friendly user interface, but also plenty of developer support for its burgeoning app store. The latter would probably be impossible these days (just look at Windows 10 Mobile), but the former seems like it could be possible.

Will it happen? Probably not. But I can’t help but start wishing when I hear that TCL is going to launch a Palm-branded smartphone later this year.

That news arrived earlier tonight, and I was a little bummed to see that there wasn’t much in the way of details at the time. There still isn’t: we don’t know what this phone will look like, what it might feature, and what operating system it’s going to be running. But of course the likely bet –the safest bet– is that the new Palm phone is going to be running Android.

I am oddly still excited to see Palm resurrected into the smartphone market, even if we’ll ultimately see “just another Android phone”. But I’ve got hope that the new Palm smartphone will be something worthwhile, even if we’re just looking at newer BlackBerry-branded smartphones. TCL has been doing some solid work there, so I’m hoping we see the same thing with the Palm brand.

But, all that being said, I have to ask: do you want a Palm smartphone? By now I imagine most of you have picked your favorite smartphones manufacturer(s), and while Palm is definitely a recognizable brand for some of us, it might not be for everyone. Getting someone to replace their Samsung smartphone for a Palm device would take some legendary marketing and hardware specs, I think.

In an unrealistic vision of the future, I’d throw money at my computer screen if TCL announced a new Palm smartphone with an updated version of webOS on board, with all the necessary apps ready to go right out of the gate. But, while I’m still excited to see which hardware design comes to light later this year, I can’t help but be a bit skeptical if a new Palm phone is going to make any impact at all.

What do you think? Do you think TCL will launch a high-end flagship smartphone with the Palm brand? Or will we see a mid-range, or even an entry-level smartphone launched into the market? Are you excited for a Palm phone running Android? What design do you want to see: Pre or Pixi? Let me know!

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[Not 2009] Verizon plans to launch a Palm smartphone later this year

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Last August, a TCL executive confirmed that the company was gearing up to launch Palm-branded smartphones in 2018. Speaking to a trusted source, we’ve learned that one such device will be launching on Verizon in the second half of the year; at least, that’s the plan for now. Sadly, we don’t know anything about the phone itself at this time (well, we know it runs Android), but the fact that TCL is working with Verizon is telling.

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A Palm smartphone reboot is reportedly coming to Verizon later this year

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Verizon may launch a new Palm device in the second half of this year, an anonymous source told Android Police. The rumor backs up what a TCL executive said last August, when he confirmed to Dutch publication Android Planet that the company would launch a Palm phone this year. TCL did not respond to comments when we reached out at the time, despite previous reports that the company had no plans for the Palm.

There are little details beyond a supposed release date for this new device. According to Android Police’s report, the phone is expected to run on Android OS, and TCL has reportedly returned to Palm’s erstwhile partner, Verizon, for the impending release. The carrier sold most of the brand’s phones, including the Palm Pre 2.

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Apple said to have lured away Twitter, Palm, Kleiner Perkins veteran Michael Abbott with AI and machine learning

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Apple has reportedly recruited Michael Abbott, who has a long history in the tech industry — most notably serving as Twitter’s VP of engineering, and heading up Palm’s webOS team.
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Samsung’s New Phones Might Literally Read the Palm of Your Hand

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Samsung could be looking to branch into palm reading sometime in the near future, but not to gain insight into your love life.

Recent patent filings by the South Korean electronics giant show that the company may be investing in yet another means of biometric scanning. Samsung’s palm recognition technology would join other biometrics, such as facial recognition and fingerprint scanning, along with standard passwords, pin numbers, and patterns as a means of securing your device.

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The patent shows that this functionality is meant to deliver password hints to the user — it won’t unlock the phone directly. The filing includes an image of a user taking a photo of a hand and using the lines in the palm to complete letters on the device’s screen.

These letters are supposed to provide a subtle hint at the password. However, Samsung could theoretically extend the capabilities of this function to allow the palm scans to unlock the device directly.

Biometrics Showdown

Some may question the need for yet another bio-scanning capability. Apple, Samsung’s chief competitor in the mobile phone market, has done away with all biometric security features other than facial recognition in their top-of-the-line iPhone X.

The use of biometrics, in general, is also still fairly controversial. While these features may be more secure and convenient than traditional passwords or pins, they also carry some unique weaknesses. A person’s fingerprint can be lifted off another surface and used to hack their phone, or someone could even use a sleeping person’s finger to unlock their device.

Samsung’s palm recognition feature is just a patent, and it may never actually make it into a device. However, with each new potential security feature, companies need to ensure safety is always the top priority. Convenience cannot trump security in terms of importance for consumers.

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Samsung patent files reveal palm scanning feature to remember password hints

Samsung among the many security features it packs on flagships and premium mid-range phones, it also looking into palm scanning to display password hints and remember them according to the patents it filed. This feature lets users who constantly forget passwords with a hint for their password. The 42-page patent file which was  filed in Korea states … Continue reading “Samsung patent files reveal palm scanning feature to remember password hints”
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Qualcomm brandishes Palm patents against Apple, seeks ITC ban on iPhone 8 and iPhone X

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Qualcomm on Wednesday continued its legal assault against Apple with a pair of filings alleging infringement of in-house and purchased patents, including intellectual property developed by defunct portable device maker Palm.
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