Many have been wondering when the successor for the Palm Pre is going to be released. Some evidence points to the next webOS-based smartphone coming out very soon.
The Pre debuted early last summer, and 14 months is a very long time in the life cycle of a phone. Palm released the Pre Plus this winter, but this was an updated version of the earlier model, not a full redesign.
A replacement may be in the offing: both Verizon Wireless and AT&T have now listed the Pre Plus is being “Out of Stock” for several days.
These carriers are unlikely to actually be sold out of units, as demand for this device has been light. And carriers sometimes list devices as being out of stock right before releasing a replacement.
This certainly isn’t definitive proof that a new webOS model is going to hit store shelves soon. Still, Palm promised in June that it has new phones based on the webOS in the pipeline, though it declined to be more specific.
If a new webOS-based smartphone is about to be released, its creators have done a very good job of keeping it under wraps — there have been no leaks revealing the details of future models.
From Palm to HP
The webOS was originally developed by Palm, Inc., but this company was acquired by HP last month. Palm had a hard time competing against Apple and Google in the smartphone market, but HP has large cash reserves for product development and advertising.
HP executives have said their company intends to use the webOS on smartphones, tablets, and even printers. After years of making phones and PDAs based on operating systems from Microsoft, HP has committed to basing its mobile products on the webOS.