Did you hear the one about the Palm Pre 2?
The original Palm Pre was supposed to be competitive with Apple's iPhone. And no doubt about it, the Pre was a darned good phone. But it never caught on with consumers. A desperate Palm agreed to be acquired by Hewlett-Packard Co., which mainly wanted to use WebOS, the Pre's operating system, for a new line of tablet computers.
But HP hasn't given up on smartphones. Last month, the company launched the Palm Pre 2 phone. But the launch was so quiet I must confess I missed it. Maybe because the new phone is presently available only in France, and will come to the US sometime next year. Not much of a vote of confidence in a technology that's actually not bad.
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