Palm, Inc.

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Palm, Inc. is a smartphone manufacturer headquartered in Sunnyvale, California that is responsible for products such as the Pre and Pixi as well as the Treo and Centro smartphones. Previous product lines include the Palm Pilot, Palm III, Palm V, Palm VII, Zire and Tungsten. While their older devices run Palm OS Garnet, four editions of the Treo run Windows Mobile. In early 2009 Palm announced a new operating system, webOS, replacing the original Palm OS Garnet in their newest devices.[3]

On April 28, 2010, HP announced that it had agreed to acquire Palm for $1.2 billion.[4] The deal was completed on July 1, 2010.[5] The Palm global business unit will be responsible for webOS software development and webOS based hardware products, from a robust smartphone roadmap to future slate PCs and netbooks.



Founding and acquisition

Palm Computing, Inc. was founded in 1992 by Jeff Hawkins, who sought out the help of Donna Dubinsky and Ed Colligan, all of whom guided Palm to the invention of the Palm Pilot. The company was started to create a PDA for consumers, called the Zoomer (1993). The devices were manufactured by Tandy and distributed by Casio, while Palm provided the PIM software. The operating system was provided by Geoworks. The Zoomer failed commercially, but Palm managed to survive through selling synchronization software for HP devices, and the Graffiti handwriting recognition software for the Apple Newton MessagePad.[citation needed]

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