|by PalmWebOS.org on April 1st, 2009|
One of two managing partners of Google Ventures is Rich Miner, who “helped lead the development of the Android platform and ecosystem.” He co-founded Android which Google later purchased but also worked with European carrier Orange in their Venture Capital arm – Orange Ventures. A high-level Google executive has now disclosed that much of Miner’s appointment to this position was to aid in the new division’s first acquisition… Palm.
That’s right – Google is buying Palm – and it makes sense if you think about it. The company launched Android to promote an Open Mobile Ecosystem that prevented the proprietary, fragmented and crippled capabilities of yesterday’s mobile phones. With so many new Operating Systems, Google’s own project stands to be dilluted. While Palm’s new WebOS Operating System could be considered the brightest up and coming star of these new Mobile OSes, it’s also no secret that Palm is a prime target for acquisition.
But the latest rumors have been that Dell might buy Palm. In 2007, Information Week published an article asking, “Will Dell Buy Palm?” Two years later, Reuters is reporting that Dell buying Palm would make sense. A reliable source has told us that the Dell acquisition of Palm was nearly complete, but when the Pre launched and the stock price doubled, Dell was unwilling to pay for the newly valuated price tag. Google saw an opportunity they couldn’t refuse, launched Google Ventures and immediately began pursuing Palm. We’re told that the final agreement between Google and Palm will be announced before the end of CTIA Wireless this Friday.
So what will Google do with WebOS if they already have Android? Good question. The 2 choices are obvious:
- Keep them separate
- Merge them into one
We’re guessing that Google will retain the Android brand name and adopt many of the attractive practices and principles of WebOS into Android – namely the browser and synergy of the cloud. Details were sparse as Palm has already said other WebOS devices would be launched but now it looks more likely that the Palm Pre will be the first and only phone based solely on WebOS.
Another interesting dilemma is the merging of services such as Google Calendar and Palm’s own proprietary calendar solution. For example, both of these systems identify the current date as April 1st 2009 but neither mention the fact that today is april fools day and you have been totally pwned if you read this far and believed any part of it. My linking to official sources was an attempt to string you along as long as possible but be honest – at what point did you realize this was all one big AFD hoax?