So we'll never get to see what might have been. Palm, currently doing it's best to destroy a reputation stretching back to the first innovative Palm Pilot , has decided to cut its losses and bin the Foleo – the 10in portable with the full size keyboard that wasn't quite laptop, wasn't quite UMPC, wasn't quite anything, really.
In a move that's gotta hurt, CEO Ed Colligan, has written on the Palm blog that he has: “decided to cancel the Foleo mobile companion... and focus all of our energies on delivering our next generation [of Smartphones].”
We've got to say it's probably the right move. Palm seemed to have lost its way with the Foleo – a device we would have been hard-pushed to find a use for. By cutting its losses and focussing on the new Palm OS, it may just have secured one last chance to come up with the kind of innovative, stable and easy-to-use device that made it what it was in the first place.
We're not expecting that on Wednesday when Palm will be unveiling its latest UK Smartphones but for the crop that follows, our man Ed is promising, "a modern flexible UI, instant performance, and an incredibly simple and elegant development environment."
Sounds promising, let's hope it can deliver.
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