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Palm webOS officially rebranded as HP webOS; Updated 13

by Derek Kessler Tue, 19 Oct 2010 9:45 am EDT

HP webOS

There’s something you might have noticed from this morning’s talk of webOS 2.0: it’s no longer Palm webOS. Yes, your greatest fear has been realized: HP has taken some of the reins and exercised their power to rename Palm’s operating system in their image. Specifically, it’s now HP webOS. It’s a change that we’ve been seeing coming down the pike for a few weeks now, and it doesn’t sit any better in the vocal chords today than it did then. But we can understand why the change was made: if webOS is to make its way onto everything from printers to tablets to toasters, then the Palm name might not carry the same weight as HP. Either way, this is one change that should affect how you use your device, though you might end up staring at more obvious HP logos in the future.

Update: Looks like Palm's Developer Portal has been updated with the new branding.

Read the Press Release



That's no problem. Now they know they cannot deliver defective products or else they tarnish their image. I'm all for it..still prefer palm webos

You mean "shouldn't" affect how we use our device, right? =P

I know this only deals with software and isn't that big of a deal, but hopefully this doesn't mean the end of the Palm branding completely. I don't want an iPaq with webOS, I want Palm!

I don't care either... as long as the quality is better and the design isn't compromised.

Now lets see the difference in HP Webos. :-D

I am waiting for Sprint to carry it and get as soon as it arrives and then wait for the Super Device with a bit larger screen.

Don't hold your breath. I just went to the Sprint store yesterday so they day change out my original Pre for the "I LOST COUNT" number of times and the Sprint repair tech had not even heard of the Pre 2 nor had he heard that Sprint was getting a new Pre. With the phone so close to release you would think that the word around Sprint would be that the new Pre 2 is coming at some point. But it doesn't sound like Sprint is showing HP or Palm much love.......However they were trying to convince me how great Android is.

Changing the name to HP webOS makes sense. There is too much confusion about "Palm" operating systems. Ever noticed how many ads pop up on the Pre that actually refer to the old Palm OS?

Now, it will be clear. HP webOS means . . ., well it means webOS. Palm OS means the old Palm Pilot/Treo/etc. operating system that we all used to love.

Renaming also makes it clear that Palm is HP's, and will make it easier to transition away from the Palm name altogether, if HP so chooses in the future.

While HP will be held more accountable for failure, I fear the more power HP exerts the less palm-like the devices and OS will become. The differences that make palm devices so unique will be no more. Hello to just another smartphone designer.


"Palm" will be the HP label for their line of smartphones.

Printer: Deskjet, Photosmart, Laserjet, etc. (for example: HP Photosmart Premium)
Desktop and laptop: Pavilion, ENVY, etc. (for example: HP ENVY 14)
Smartphone: Palm, iPaq (for example: HP Palm Pre 2)
Small device OS: webOS (for example: HP webOS 2.0)
Tablet: Slate
Server: ProLiant, Integrity

See how it works? "Palm" is now their smartphone line. They'll keep it as a brand, however only for phones.

A good example is Voodoo, although its been highly tainted. Hopefully Palm won't suffer the same!

And thanks, makes a lot more sense.

it will always be palm webOS!