Palm and smartphones

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8082531.stm will be interesting to watch – I’d disagree with the statement that Palm was ever a giant of the smartphone business; they were big in personal digital assistants but I think lost their touch once it became so simple to incorporate a SIM card that every such device became a smarphone. This of course is a classic example of a business failing to adapt, with the smartphone as a disruptive technology

Update (25 June): The BBC has also reviewed HTC’s offering in the market at   http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/technology/2009/06/can_htcs_hero_be_a_smartphone.html

HTC entered the UK market in particular by making products which were then sold as ‘own brands’ by the phone networks and it’s significant that HTC’s latest option is still sold in approximately the same way.

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