This comes as no surprise:
Early smartphone pioneer Palm is making a comeback—at least in name. Chinese multinational TCL Communication, which produces smartphones as the Alcatel OneTouch, recently announced it would relaunch the Palm brand as a U.S.-based company. TCL acquired the rights to the Palm name from Hewlett-Packard.
TCL hasn’t said just what gadgetry they’ll slap the Palm brand on, though I do think it’s likely that we’re going to see an Android phone first. We also know that the new company will have little connection to the old Palm, which was bought by HP in 2010 and then promptly run into the ground.
But the new company will have some connection to Palm’s fanbase:
TCL said on Tuesday that it had acquired the rights to the Palm name and would “re-create” a new company based in Silicon Valley. The company added that it would use input from Palm’s fan base, touting that it would be the largest crowd-sourced project in the industry.
I don’t know that this will result in any useful product design ideas, but it’s going to be interesting to watch.