HTC tells Palm "It's not me, it's you", backs away from acquisition


There I was, letting myself get excited about possibility of HTC acquiring Palm. I mean, can you imagine webOS on HTC-made hardware? I’d buy one for each hand. Alas, those hopes and dreams have been dashed.

According to Reuters, HTC took a look at Palm’s numbers and decided that it wasn’t such a good deal. Along with whatever bits of webOS they kept around, HTC’s purchase of Palm would have also earned them one of the biggest, most insurmountable patent catalogs in the industry, thereby securing themselves against future lawsuits from Apple or anyone else. For HTC to give that up because of the numbers doesn’t make the numbers sound too great.

Oh well – there’s always Lenovo.