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Palm switching to Android?

Palm switching to Android?

Beleaguered mobile manufacturer Palm could be about to trade in its proprietary operating system in favour of Google's Android platform in future handsets.

Speculation about the company's plans grew online yesterday after a leaked memo surfaced which was originally believed to be written by Palm's CEO Jon Rubinstein

The memo stated: "Whilst Palm is incredibly proud of our engineers who spent timeless work and effort to bring us this advanced operating system, consumers simply have not caught on.

"To provide a better future for ourselves and our customers, the only logical choice is to transition our hardware and software to the Android platform."

Tech site Slashdot first published this partial statement and it was believed that much more would be leaked online in the early hours of Wednesday, but nothing else has since come to light.

Palm has been under scrutiny recently after it announced millions of pounds in losses and then saw its share prices slump.

Some in the mobile phone industry believe that the webOS platform has been a failed venture as it has not made a significant impact since its launch last year.

WebOS has enjoyed critical acclaim ever since its pre-release debut, but this has failed to translate into commercial sales.

Things have become so severe that Palm has had to halt the manufacture of any new smartphones in order to get existing stock off the shelves.

Observers are expecting Palm to stick with webOS, as even if the current range of devices that use it are not selling well, it is powerful enough to remain relevant in the future.

Many believe that Palm will licence out webOS so that other manufacturers can use it, allowing it to compete with Android.

According to, an official spokesperson from Palm has debunked the 'official' leaked memo, saying that "there is no memo and no plans to adopt Android. We are very happy with and committed to webOS".

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