My take on all of this is as follows:
These firms are taking a pass on the Pre II since the PRE or the PPP didn't set any sales records...and had a few defects in the implementation of the hardware....
I think they are passing on the Pre II for the same reason that I and a large number of us who read this site on a regular basis. It is no secret that the PRE II was designed by Palm, when they are almost totally out of $.
Like most of us here, I am expecting a bang up presentation and announcements of release dates for the HP/Palm new phones and the PalmPad at CES 2011!
I am guessing that once the buyout happened, the PRE II was released so that Palm could point to having something recently out of the pipeline, while we await the news of smartphones designed once HP started injecting a huge pile of $ into Palm.
I am waiting until the new phones are released and then I will give up my trusty Centro for a new Palm smartphone, that will be more advanced than the PRE II.
Many of us here expect that the following will be released in 2011:
1. PalmPad about the same size as the Ipad or slightly larger than the Ipad.
2. Slab type smartphone that is larger than the Pre/PPP & PRE II, and won't have a keyboard.
3. The same as item #2, but has a landscape keyboard or a much larger portrait keyboard, due to the larger phone & screen.
4. a mini PalmPad, perhaps a 7" screen.
5. smart phone that is more or less the same size as the Pre/PPP & PRE II, but has a great deal more under the hood, than the PRE II!
I also think that all 5 models will have a very high resolution screen and will also have a gyroscope for future game use.
One last thought:
HP has a great deal of muscle when it comes to marketing. I expect that we will see HP marketing strength used to leverage HP/Palm smartphones and the PalmPad.
For example: I assume that there are Netbook deals thru the providers, in the UK, just as there are here in the States. I expect that we will see wheeling & dealing for netbooks as a way of getting the carriers to sell the new HP/Palm line. I expect the same will be true for the HP/Palm line to be carried by retail stores, (that are not owned by the cell carriers, such as Best Buy, etc. here in the States).