TCL has own-brand phones, at least two more BlackBerries, and maybe even Palm stuff on the way

China's TCL is looking to further ramp up its smartphone-producing efforts this year, with own-brand, BlackBerry and... Palm hardware?!

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Google “Fuchsia” repository has us wondering about a new OS

Engineers at Google are converging on a new OS project called “Fuchsia” and there’s speculation on whether this represents the merging of Android and Chrome OS or if its purposes will be directed away from mobile.Google’s Git repository lists this new project as a combination between “Pink” and “Purple.” The company’s Magenta and LK kernels will be used in the project — the latter is the basis for “small systems typically used in ...

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Is TCL bringing Palm back a good thing?

Last week at CES, we got some exciting news. Palm is coming back, and this time, it means war! Ok, that’s not the exact message that was being broadcast, but still Palm is coming back. Who, you might wonder, is the patron of our beloved lost OEM? TCL Communications, a Chinese OEM who also holds Alcatel Onetouch, that’s who. Palm, it seems will be the high-end hardware to compliment the mid to low-end phones brought to you by Alcatel Onetouch.So this is great news right? Palm is back! Well…ExpectationsFirst of all, if you’re expecting webOS, stop it – it’s not happening. TCL ...

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Pebble recruits former webOS minds for design, UX leadership

Palm’s webOS – at least the webOS we knew and loved – is dead. Sure, LG’s picked up the platform for use in its smart TVs, and aspects the OS have lived on as they inspired devs working on current mobile platforms, but we’re never going to see another Pre, Veer, or Pixi. But while webOS itself may be fading into the background, the minds behind it continue to contribute to this industry, and we just got word ...

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The YotaPhone 2 is awesome, but it won’t be forever

“We are inspired by taking risks and innovating mobile communications to bring value to users. We are a start-up company that had a big idea and we’ve executed on that idea. We looked at the smartphone from another side, literally, and created YotaPhone.” I love this quote. It’s a little heavy on the corporate buzzwords for my taste, but the idea of a small group of dedicated individuals banding together to will a dream into reality -particularly a dream as unconventional as YotaPhone- is an inspiring tale even to those who don’t share my love for the underdog. And Yota ...

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Google Nexus 5 in red, Moto X $100 off, Apple’s plans for iOS & more – Pocketnow Daily

Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple’s confirmation that there are no plans to merge OS X with iOS in the near future. Motorola follows the news as the Moto X is going to be on Sale this Monday, January 27th, and the deal is very good. HTC is next as those of you expecting Android 4.4 KitKat on your US variants may see the update in the next coming days. The Google Nexus 5 follows as we get new leaks of the phone in red. We end today’s show talking about Qualcomm and how it just acquired Palm’s patents from HP. All this and more after the break. ...

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Qualcomm acquires Palm, patents from HP

Looks like the history of Palm isn’t over yet, after the company has been purchased by HP in 2010. It looks like Palm is changing hands once again, as now, according to an official press release, Qualcomm is acquiring it from HP, alongside others, including a patent portfolio consisting of around 1,400 granted and pending patents from the US, and 1,000 more from other countries. The chip-maker’s move comes almost a year after

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Palm, Nokia, and Blackberry have fallen. Which OEM will be next?

First of all, apologies for the headline. “How the mighty have fallen” is typically reserved for mocking those who have “fallen” and we here at Pocketnow do not intend to sound mocking or belittling. Far from it. We have the utmost respect for both Palm and Nokia (and Blackberry) for having a large part in what we all write/talk/live/breathe today. To think that either is now a fallen OEM does not sit well with us at all. It’s with a certain amount of sadness that we write about these once proud warriors who now lie beneath the earth, their mighty broadswords thrust into the ...

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Five terrible phone hardware decisions we’ll never forget

We already have a series here at Pocketnow lamenting the choices of smartphone and tablet manufacturers, and trying to learn something from their most visible mistakes. It’s called Worst Gadgets Ever, and it’s a fun little video series that you should check out. But sometimes, a broader look at the industry’s development is useful – and given the right attitude, it can also be fun. Earlier this year, our own Taylor Martin took you on a tour of

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