Last week, we told you that by all appearances, TCL/Alcatel had purchased the Palm name from HP. A release out of Las Vegas from TCL on Tuesday, confirmed that the device maker had indeed purchased the Palm name from HP. TCL wrote that it is "very proud to announce that it will create a new Palm Inc." which will take control of the name. The company will be based in Silicon Valley and will be charged with delivering "absolute breakthrough innovations in Technology, Design, User Experience, Eco-system, Marketing, Supply Chain, and Business Models."
TCL said that it will announce at a future date, when it plans to start rolling out what it calls the "Palm project". The company will be able to use its position as the fifth largest handset manufacturer globally. Its devices are branded with the Alcatel One Touch and TCL names. The company, which started with the production of featurephones, is now a producer of smartphones, tablets, wearables and mobile routers. With Alcatel's 5000 engineers behind it, and with a modern mobile device manufacturing facility at its beck and call, the Palm name could return to its past glory.
So what new products will the iconic Palm logo be found on in the future? With webOS in LG's vault, any new smartphone or tablet will probably be powered by Android. And what an amazing turn of events that would be considering that in January 2009, after the introduction of webOS and the Palm Pre, Android was just an afterthought.