Korean electronics super-manufacturer LG Electronics has signed up to license the Palm Operating System. Under the terms of the deal, LG has committed to bring smartphones to market.“LG Electronics is pleased to have entered into this agreement with PalmSource,” said Skott Ahn, executive vice president of LG Electronics, Inc. “The flexible, open and powerful nature of Palm OS is an ideal match for our industry leading mobile handsets. We believe our customers will appreciate the new Palm Powered phones we will develop and distribute.”
“LG Electronics is a leading innovator in the development and manufacture of mobile devices including award-winning mobile handsets,” said Patrick McVeigh, interim CEO of PalmSource. “We are excited to welcome LG Electronics to the Palm Powered Economy and look forward to working with LG to develop new, cutting-edge smartphones for delivery to the worldwide marketplace.”
Now it’s a wait and see game for new hardware. We assume that LG has been working on a Palm OS based smartphone for some time, perhaps this deal is to make it official as they get close to coming to market. Verizon caries a steady diet of LG phones, so they may have an inside track on an LG smartphone, but it’s far too early to tell and no official details have been released.
Prior to LG, the last new Palm OS licensee was July 28th, 2004. QTech licensed the operating system to bring smartphone to the Indian and Latin American markets.