Palm’s former CEO is right to be bitter about webOS’s sad fate
FierceWireless had an interesting interview this week with Jon Rubinstein, the visionary CEO who almost brought Palm back from the grave. Palm’s innovative last webOS revision included many features that have later become commonplace in rival operating systems: multitasking, smooth messaging integration, a clever notification system. It’s not surprising that Rubinstein not only feels that Palm was a trailblazer but that other companies have still not yet caught up with how Palm implemented all these features a few years back. The biggest source of regret for many ex-Palmers seems to be the Verizon-Vodafone deal that almost happened. That distribution machine might have made a difference; ending up with Sprint as its key partner in the United States effectively doomed Palm. Obviously, HP’s badly
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