Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Is the Palm Pre Really Moving to Android?

Palm PreRumors, it seems, are what makes the internet go round. I mean, what else would we do with our time instead of scouring the technological databases for the latest dirt or rumor on something? Go out and do something productive? That's just crazy talk. Well, the newest rumor you may have been catching up on recently is the one about the Palm Pre moving on over to the Android platform in order to survive the market. But is that really true? The people over at Palm don't seem to think so.

A majority of these rumors are coming from an email that landed in the inbox of pretty much every major tech outlet around. The aforementioned email stated that CEO John Rubinstein sent out an internal memo to all the software developers at the company about the switch. Quoted in the memo was Rubinstein saying, "While Palm is incredibly proud of our engineers who spent timeless work and effort to bring us this advanced operating system, consumers have simply not caught on."

Rubinstein went on to say, "To provide a better future for ourselves and our customers, the only logical choice is to transition our hardware and software to the Android platform." To put it simply, the plan would be to to create a sort of Sense UI webOS interface on Palm devices. At the same time, the company would also want to leverage Android's market footprint. The person who sent out this anonymous email was reported to say that the full memo from Rubinstein would be available on Wikileaks by midnight last night.

That sounds good. The only problem is that the memo never showed up on Wikileaks and when Palm was approached about the memo they quickly responded with laughter saying that no memo was ever distributed nor was there any internal move towards Android. Another rumor going along with this one was the one that stated that Palm had halted all production. But guess what? That has also been shot down by the folks at Palm.

While it would be very interesting to see Android with a webOS UI, it might be best to just sit back and relax and wait for actual evidence to surface, not some random email from an anonymous nobody. Until that happens, it is probably safe to assume that it isn't going to happen.


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