When Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein last appeared on the D
stage in 2009 he was bringing the Pre to market in a bet-the-company move to recover the handset maker’s long-lost glory. Palm’s new operating system webOS had been well received at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier in the year and the company’s share price had ascended from $3 to $10 on its promise.
Two years later Palm no longer has a share price, having been acquired by Hewlett-Packard, and Rubinstein, no longer its CEO, runs HP’s new mobile devices unit. But with the iconic Silicon Valley company backing it and “doubling down on webOS” and a new tablet based on the OS headed to market, its future is perhaps equally as promising, if not more so.