Former Apple exec Jon Rubinstein remains committed to Palm's success, even as takeover rumors swirl.
But sales disappointed, first with Sprint, then with Verizon, which offered customers Motorola's Droid – which runs Google's Android operating system – before Palm's Pre and Pixi. Palm's holiday sales were weak, and its financial guidance has been cautious, sending its stock below $4. With investors and industry pundits doubting Palm'sability to survive, Rubinstein sat MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - Apr 8, 2010 3:00 AM ET
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While demand for BlackBerries and Palm Pres is drying up, according to ChangeWave
Take this with the usual grain of salt, based, as it is, on a survey of early adopters who have already decided to buy a smartphone in the next three months.
But in a ChangeWave report released Wednesday, 30% of respondents said they would prefer to have a phone running Google's (GOOG) Android operating system -- a five-fold increase MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 31, 2010 11:53 AM ET
People tend to talk about the iPhone going to Verizon as if it would be all upside for Apple and Verizon, and all downside for AT&T. That's not quite correct.
It would be a big deal, however. Since its debut three years ago, AT&T (T) has been the exclusive U.S. network for the iPhone.
That arrangement has brought AT&T great benefits including higher revenues, lower customer defections, and a gaggle of tech-savvy MOREJon Fortt - Mar 30, 2010 7:45 PM ET
Tony Fadell leaves Apple nearly 17 months after losing the iPod/iPhone division
He came to Apple (AAPL) in 2001 with plans for building what would become the iPod. By 2006 he had replaced Jon Rubinstein -- who went on to build the Palm (PALM) Pre -- as head of Apple's iPod division, in charge of both what was then the company's biggest cash cow and the project that would become the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 30, 2010 7:14 AM ET
Google's U.S. smartphone market share has more than doubled, while Apple's has stalled
Wonder why Google's (GOOG) Android makes Steve Jobs nervous? Check out the chart at right.
It's from the comScore mobile subscriber report issued Tuesday and it shows Android registering the largest market share gains of the U.S.'s five leading smartphone operating systems.
Over the past three months, Google's share of the U.S. smartphone market grew to 7.1% from 2.8% -- MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 10, 2010 4:13 PM ET
The HTC lawsuit capped blunt talks that have reportedly shaken their faith in Google
Oppenheimer's Yair Reiner issued a behind-the-scenes report Tuesday that sheds a lot of light on the patent suits Apple (AAPL) filed last week against HTC, the Taiwanese smartphone maker.
Citing "industry checks," Reiner writes that:
"Starting in January, Apple launched a series of C-Level discussions with tier-1 handset makers to underscore its growing displeasure at seeing its iPhone-related IP MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 9, 2010 7:26 AM ET
Verizon leads the pack. AT&T is No. 2. T-Mobile and Sprint bring up the rear
There's bad news for Apple (AAPL) and not such great news for Palm (PALM) in a BrandIndex consumer survey published Tuesday by YouGov. Both firms originally tied their cellphones to exclusive U.S. carriers -- AT&T and Sprint, respectively -- neither of which scored particularly well in terms of quality, value and customer satisfaction. (Palm has since MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 9, 2010 7:00 AM ET
Cites 20 cases of alleged infringement on iPhone patents by Android phones
Apple (AAPL) announced Tuesday that it had filed a lawsuit against HTC, the Taiwanese maker of smartphones, for allegedly infringing on 20 Apple patents related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware.
"We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We've decided to do something about it," said MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 2, 2010 9:56 AM ET
Don't look now, but the year's most buzz-worthy tech company might be Microsoft.
Microsoft went around with a big, fat target on its forehead for a couple of decades. It was the tech giant we loved to hate. The company deserved the scorn; in the 1990s it crushed pipsqueaks Apple (AAPL), Netscape and Palm (PALM), and still found time to push around a few hapless PC makers who seemed to barely MOREJon Fortt - Feb 26, 2010 9:39 AM ET
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