Back in PDA days when mobile internet hadn’t reached 3G speeds, Palm was the big boss round town, its Palm OS running on dozens of smart devices. But when it shifted its focus to the Palm Treo smartphones line, the company began to lose market share to RIM’s BlackBerry and Apple’s iOS.
It was then that the refreshed webOS system was developed, launching on the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi. Despite critical praise for their powerful, intuitive software, neither phone did well, and Palm was eventually bought by HP, which released a couple new versions of the Pre before retiring webOS devices entirely. The OS is now open-source however, and available to developers.
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