Well folks, looks like someone stepped up to finally save Palm and it wasn’t who we all thought, it was HP. The front runners were HTC and Lenovo but HTC backed out two weeks ago leaving Lenovo as the main candidate. This week, HP surprised the industry with a $1.2 billion successful bid for the financial-impaired handset manufacturer. My initial reaction was positive since HP’s been trying for years to jump into mobile (remember the first iPAQ?) and slowly moving all their peripherals (e.g. printers) to be connected. This gives them a solid web-based OS that is easy to use and learn. BUT… upon further thought, I’m not so positive about HP’s move. Why doesn’t HP use Android as their OS for peripherals? It’s a lot cheaper and will be more widely used by consumers. If HP wants to be in the phone business, why not just create two lines like HTC – one Android and one Windows. HP does it today with their PCs/laptops using Intel and AMD processors. I don’t get it… anyone else have thoughts? Please do share.

The mobile market really has become a soap opera. Good guys (Android), bad guys (Apple), long-term rivalries (Microsoft vs. Apple), and now petty catfights (Apple vs. Adobe). This week, Steve Jobs penned an open letter about why Apple refuses to use Flash which kicked-up flames of hatred between two companies that used to play nice. Adobe’s CEO responded to Steve Job’s letter and now the mud slinging continues. You can review the points of each and make your own conclusion of who’s right and who’s wrong. The only thing I want to point out is how Apple is slowly alienating themselves from their friends – first Google and now Adobe. Who’s next? If Apple continues down their current path, they’ll be left all alone with a cash-generating machine. All I can think of is Lehman Brothers – they pissed off everyone on the way up, so no one helped them when they fell. Will the same happen to Apple? Hmm…

Finally there was some good news for BlackBerry. In IDC’s Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker Report, RIM became one of the top 5 phone vendors in global market share. Wow! Very impressive. Now the challenge becomes staying on that list…

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