The Palm brand may not be dead, Tesla wants you to never worry about plugging your car in and a new VAIO smartphone line is in the works.
WebOS lives on after being purchased by LG and adopted to their TVs, but the operating system’s host, Palm, has been dead for long. We never thought we would see the Palm brand making a return, but recent discoveries prove it’s definitely a possibility.
After some digging, the guys at WebOS Nation found a USPTO entry that proves HP transferred ownership of the Palm name, trademarks and logos to a company named Wide Progress Global Limited. The important point here is that Progress Global Limited’s VP, Nicolas Zibell, also happens to be President at Alcatel OneTouch and TCL.
Opinion: This is all a bit of a long shot, but why else would any company want to purchase the Palm branding? They probably want to release something, right?
Tesla has already crowned itself as the king of innovation in the automotive business. They are making things happen as the rest of the world continues to be stuck on their old ways. What is next? Well, we have the Roadster coming, but Ellon Musk is promising much more than that.
One project Tesla is working on is the creation of a new charger, but this is not your average charger. Ellon Musk describes it as a “charger that automatically moves out from the wall & connects like a solid metal snake.” By the way, this charger is not only for future cars. It will work with all current Model S cars.
Opinion: Ellon actually mentioned this in the past, though I can’t quite recall when. I believe it was when they “showed us the D“. Regardless, this sounds pretty freaking awesome… but not as awesome as a bear getting itself into a Tesla.
VAIO is a brand highly associated with Sony, which makes everyone wonder just why smartphones with said branding are expected to be coming to Japan. The fact is, this is no simple re-branding. VAIO smartphones are expected to compete against everyone, including Sony (which now only holds 5% stake of the VAIO brand).
This new brand is said to target the affordable market, offering mid-end devices with “superior design”. VAIO has teamed up with Japan Communications and they have already put together one 5-inch smartphone, though details are still scarce.
Opinion: Can VAIO really jump into this market so late? We will have to see what they have to offer. After all, VAIO is a very recognized brand. A lot of people may be into it.