April 12, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Last week I planned to write an opinion piece suggesting that HTC should purchase Palm, but I had to scramble to get to a wedding and Engadget ended up doing the same article I would have written. Aside from acquiring another great operating system for the company to tinker with, HTC would inherit Palm’s library of patents that would force Apple to reevaluate how hard it wishes to pursue this patent war (the best defense in a patent suit is to accuse the other company of stealing your ideas, forcing everybody to cool off and back down).
Excuse the long lede, but it now appears that while I was writing the previous paragraph, Palm put itself up for sale. Bloomberg news reports that people “close to the matter” (read: rumor alert) say that Palm could begin accepting bids from potential suitors, including HTC, this week.
Dell has reportedly passed on acquiring Palm, but it makes sense – no pun intended – for HTC to go after the company. Palm’s on the ropes and probably won’t be able to sustain itself beyond 2011. HTC has grown to a point where it can seriously consider buying another company, and Apple’s lawsuit threatens to cost money for years to come. Buying Palm now could force Apple to back off, and HTC would still have a great well of intellectual property to start using.
An HTC/Palm hybrid would be good for Android. There are some great things in webOS that I wouldn’t mind seeing trickle into future HTC-based Android phones, and Palm’s techniques in other areas of software and hardware could be beneficial to all of the company’s products. I don’t think this would take away from the Android focus because any company that can deliver both the HTC HD2 and EVO 4G in the same year must be doing something right. I look forward to seeing how this develops.
Side note: today might be a good day to get yourself some Palm stock. The company’s shares went up 32 percent last week when rumors of a sale first came out, so you can bet that this will fuel more purchases and a strong showing of Palm shares.