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    Hi all, Let's hope this is true. Take care, Jay

    HP's Purchase of Palm a Potential Blow to Korean Handset Makers

    The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea - HP's Purchase of Palm a Potential Blow to Korean Handset Makers

    Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest IT company by revenue, stepped into the smartphone market by acquiring Palm, one of the pioneers in the industry, in a surprise US$1.2 billion deal announced on Wednesday.

    Although it is currently struggling to hold its ground in the smartphone market due to fierce competition from Apple and Blackberry-maker Research In Motion, U.S.-based Palm is well regarded for its software capabilities.

    Experts say the combination of Palm's technological prowess and HP's capital will generate a great amount of synergy, and the merger of Palm's software with HP's hardware will give it a strategic advantage in the market. Unlike Korean and Taiwanese handset makers which are gravitating towards operating systems by Google and Microsoft, HP, which is the world's No.1 PC and printer maker, will be able to rely on its own software.

    Other global PC makers including Dell, the world’s second-largest PC company, Asus and Acer, which initiated the netbook boom, and China’s leading PC maker Lenovo, are aggressively moving into the smartphone market as well. They have been drawn by the success of Apple, also a PC maker, and spurred by the dim prospects for growth in the PC market. They showcased their own smartphones at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year, and are looking for the best timing to launch their products. Their strategy is to incorporate Google’s Android OS and target the emerging Chinese and Indian markets.

    The march of PC makers into the smartphone market is likely to be another blow for Korean handset makers like Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and Pantech. As they have been losing their shares in the premium mobile phone market to the iPhone, they must put up their guard to prevent losing the low-end market to Dell and HP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ilovedessert View Post
    .....The march of PC makers into the smartphone market is likely to be another blow for Korean handset makers like Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and Pantech. As they have been losing their shares in the premium mobile phone market to the iPhone, they must put up their guard to prevent losing the low-end market to Dell and HP.
    "...losing the low-end market to Dell and HP"? I was hoping the result of this acquisition would open a resurgence in the premium market.... an "iphone killer" series of phones. It's nice to have a low end offering, but come on HP.
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    2 too soon to tell, take care, jay
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