Feature

How can Palm survive?

Palm's stock is plunging and analysts are predicting the smartphone maker's imminent demise. Is the end really near for Palm?

When Palm launched its flagship Pre smartphone last summer, some reviewers called it an iPhone killer — but now it's Palm that may be doomed. With Pre sales languishing, shares in Palm plummeted 19 percent at the end of last week to a 52-week low on the back of worse-than-predicted financial results. Some analysts say the company's stock is "essentially worthless." Is this the end of the line for Palm? (Watch a Fox Business report about the Palm's declining sales)

Sadly, it appears Palm is finished: The Palm Pre has great hardware and a "genuinely terrific" operating system, says Brian Barrett in Gizmodo, but Palm only offers a fraction of the apps available for its monster rivals, Apple's iPhone and Google's Android. With an inventory of a million phones "waiting not to get sold" and Wall Street digging Palm's grave, the end can't be far off for "the last great indie phone maker.""You'd be crazy to buy a Palm now"

It's not over yet: There's "still time for Palm," says John C Abell in Wired. With everyone waiting to see what Apple's iPad can do, the smartphone industry is "in flux." If Palm markets its Pre sensibly, pressing its "GPS advantage" and positioning its smartphone as a companion to the iPad, it could still win."Palm can still win: here are five things they need to do"

Palm must create an "iPad killer": To turn itself around, Palm has to forget phones, says Tony Bradley in PC World, and "go back to the drawing board." Palm can survive by tapping into its "proud heritage" in the PDA market and developing a "tablet PC to compete with the iPad."   "'iPad killer' may be Palm's last hope"

........................................

PREVIOUS OPINION BRIEFS ON THIS TOPIC:
Can Sony topple Apple?

Recommended

John Oliver has some ideas about how to make snack brands great again
John Oliver
Johnsplaining

John Oliver has some ideas about how to make snack brands great again

Parag Agrawal takes over as Twitter CEO
The Twitter bird.
meet the new guy

Parag Agrawal takes over as Twitter CEO

How Facebook's metaverse could change your life
Meta.
Briefing

How Facebook's metaverse could change your life

El Salvador plans to create a 'Bitcoin City' near an active volcano
Nayib Bukele
What could possibly go wrong?

El Salvador plans to create a 'Bitcoin City' near an active volcano

Most Popular

Mace vs. Greene is the fight for the future of the GOP
Mace and Greene.
Picture of W. James Antle IIIW. James Antle III

Mace vs. Greene is the fight for the future of the GOP

Kathy Griffin slams CNN for firing her but not Jeffrey Toobin
Kathy Griffin
'I loved that gig'

Kathy Griffin slams CNN for firing her but not Jeffrey Toobin

Trump's apparently a fan of Dr. Oz's Senate candidacy
Dr. Oz.
the doctor is in

Trump's apparently a fan of Dr. Oz's Senate candidacy