Palm to debut Nova OS at CES. Last gasp or rebirth?

We don’t talk much about Palm any more, but there was a time on the ‘Cool when Palm was a respected peer to RIM. Now, I physically shudder at the thought of a Palm/RIM connection.

The upcoming January CES will give Palm one final opportunity to change their fate. It is at CES where Palm will debut their new OS, code-named Nova, to what will surely be a lukewarm audience. BusinessWeek has a great article on the high expectations Palm must meet:

Palm needs to hit its mark. The company has lost share and its stock price has plummeted 80% since Rubinstein joined. With about six quarters of cash currently in the bank, Palm’s last best hope may be Nova, to be released by mid-2009. Cash-strapped carriers are loath to take on the cost of supporting another platform and software developers are busy building software for other devices, including the iPhone, BlackBerry, and phones that use Google’s (GOOG) Android software. “If they can’t show me a large, active audience, I’m not going to be interested,” says Jeff Holden, CEO of Web 2.0 company Pelago, maker of a social networking tool for the iPhone. “At this point in the game, you’re toast unless you have something completely unbelievable.”

Palm Chief Executive Officer Ed Colligan says they are attempting to aim at the ‘fat middle’ of the market between the iPhone and the BlackBerry. I’m not quite sure what that means, but I have to ask: at this point what would Palm have to show us to still be considered relevant?

|via BusinessWeek|

4 Responses to “Palm to debut Nova OS at CES. Last gasp or rebirth?”

  1. 1 Matt

    First of all, the response of one iPhone developer is pretty irrelevant to the matter. The Palm OS once had a massive developer base, and can again with a good platform.

    The real question is whether or not Palm can compete with Blackberry, iPhone, AND Android. And the answer is the same as whether or not they can still create a device as compelling as the original Treo was.

    Personally- I think the answer is “Probably Not”

  2. 2 Ahmed Eltawil

    I agree with Matt. It is certainly a huge challenge for Palm which might lead to a product worth looking into, but I doubt that it will be innovative nor groundbreaking.

  3. 3 ed

    They would have to come up with something unimaginable because I can’t imagine any feature that could make palm relevant again. More likely it’ll be a case of too little, too late.

  4. 4 Andrew D

    I believe that Palm has it in them to turn it around, they were the originators, they have the mind power, they just got caught with their pants down a while ago…personally I wont go back, but they can be reborn for many new generations

    A truly Social Network for Blackberry Users and Abusers

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