Palm's decision to jettison Microsoft's handheld OS has, unfortunately, not saved it. Palm's poor sales volume means that its current channel inventory is thought to amount to nearly 200 days of sales, suggesting that the next few quarters won't see many resellers demanding additional stock from Palm. One analyst has given Palm a price target of $0.
Palm's decision to launch a standards-based WebOS founded on open-source components like the Linux kernel and the WebKit rendering engine seems curious in retrospect, but when that decision was made there was no shipping Android platform and Palm needed a solution that didn't leave it paying its profits in royalties. Still, has anyone actually used WebOS? Care to report on the experience?
Meanwhile, Apple's march toward handheld dominance seems on course: 40% of Blackberry users are willing to trade for an iPhone.
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One place Chrome seemed to really excel was the RayTrace portion of the benchmark, though benchmark portions designed to exercise memory management was three times better on Safari than Firefox but over an order of magnitude better on Chrome than Firefox. Google's engineers seem bent on building a general-purpose programming environment in their browser.