Today HP surprised many industry watchers by announcing that it would purchase ailing smartphone market Palm in a deal worth about $1.2 billion. The move could help HP compete with Apple and Blackberry, and analysts expect that HP will target the enterprise market with Palm smartphones.
ZDNet wonders, “Can HP keep developers in the fold? If you’re a developer looking at this deal you can breathe a little easier because Palm won’t disappear tomorrow. That fact, however, doesn’t change Palm’s market share and growth prospects. HP will have to turbo charge growth for developers to remain interested and double down on the WebOS.”