Was It Actually Google That Ended Up Acquiring Palm?
It's clear that the biggest winner in the fall of Palm was Google. Importantly, they snagged the father of webOS, Matias Duarte. Nokia and Microsoft scored some top Palm staffers as well. HP, as we all know, squandered the rest of the company's efforts.
The reactions have ranged widely. Some see a webOS-ification of Android under way. I see elements of this, but it's clear that Duarte has taken Android in a different direction. Others only see the continuing failure of HP to leverage the assets they purchased in the Palm acquisition.
The most interesting take that I've seen though, is that the brain-drain of Palm led to HP receiving an empty shell that simply couldn't execute on the products. Harsh.
What's your take?