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    Lenovo Wants in on Smartphone Biz, Acquiring Palm Could Be the Ticket
    BY Kit EatonToday

    Lenovo Wants in on Smartphone Biz, Acquiring Palm Could Be the Ticket | Fast Company

    Computing giant Lenovo hopes that within five years, up to 20% of its revenues may come from mobile Internet devices. Could Lenovo buy Palm?

    Lenovo's president and COO Rory Read made his points pretty clearly--he noted that his company plans to sell "millions" of smartphones in the next several years, plus portable devices such as netbooks, building up to tens of millions in time.

    Read is, in one sense, confirming that his company has its finger firmly on the pulse of technology: We know that smartphones, with fully capable mobile Net powers, are the future of cell phone tech, and that growth in this sector will easily outstrip sales in traditional PCs fairly soon (the paradigms sparked off by new smartphone tech, and even new device genres, thanks to the iPad, will see to this). So while only a very small percentage of Lenovo profits come from mobile Net devices at the moment, aiming to embrace the tech swiftly is a very smart idea.

    We've heard the rumor floated before that HTC is pursuing Palm. But Lenovo has twice as much to gain. For one, we already know Palm's Pre and subsquent webOS smartphones have surprised the market and delighted many a user since their launch, and WebOS, with its innovative design, might be the treasure HTC and Lenovo would both be after. Secondly, the smartphone market is jam packed with some dominant industry leaders that won't be relinquishing their commanding positions any time soon. Lenovo is not a name particularly associated with the phone market space (the brand is more likely to conjure images of business computing). Acquiring a company to gain a foothold in the market, leveraging off a pre-existing known brand name and the unique technical expertise in the acquisition target may be a cheap, swift way to achieve market penetration for Lenovo.

    We also know that Palm's successes haven't quite been enough to keep the wolf from the door, and the company may be in an unsustainable business mode. Recently Palm's head of software left the company, and Palm made financial maneuvers to try to retain other senior execs...which could be either desperation, or part of background preps for acquisition. Factor in the channels to design and large-scale manufacturing that Lenovo would bring to future "Palm" smartphones or possibly even tablet PCs running a variant of webOS, and the story sounds even better.
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    Dieter & Derek speculated on this in the most recent Palmcast.
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    Lenovo needs to buy palm already.
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    I've said it before, and I'll say it again: the most attractive thing about a Lenovo acquisition would be the thought of webOS running on the Ideapad U1. A Win 7 notebook with a detachable webOS tablet. Wow.

    Then again, I want a pen with my next tablet, and so I'm more interested in the HP Slate. But, I'll bet Lenovo would make some noise with this.
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    The latest Engadget podcast suggested that Lenovo backed out as a possible buyer for Palm. Although I would love to see Lenovo considering Palm and WebOS. I would love a Lenovo Hybrid with WebOS on the tablet end. I would snatch that in a second. It's been said that Lenovo has had troubles with their Linux OS for their tablets, Skylight. Replacing it with WebOS would be stellar. Although would probably require a HW change.
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    I also would like to see a Lenovo Palm deal. I have a Lenovo laptop and have not had a lick of trouble with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilovedessert View Post
    I also would like to see a Lenovo Palm deal. I have a Lenovo laptop and have not had a lick of trouble with it.

    Take care, Jay
    mine has been going for 5 yrs... screen is a little disconnected on 1 side but its still good

    so +1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyusaku View Post
    Although would probably require a HW change.
    I think the only necessary hardware change would be adding a gesture area, which is just a touch-enabled strip on some part of the bezel. Wouldn't be too difficult for Lenovo to do, I don't think.
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