Palm, the company behind webOS and the Pre, was recently acquired by HP–a company known for its iPAQ line of smartphones and PDA, but there were other suitors in this Silicon Valley love fest. We’ve already heard of Lenovo and HTC being interested early on in the game, but recent information from “an anonymous source” says that Apple was also interested in the company as well as its rivals Google and RIM.
Google had initially been interested in Palm, but didn’t know what to do with the company other than to steer it away from Apple. However, since Google didn’t know that Apple was also interested in Palm, it didn’t make any aggressive approaches. Apple, on the other hand, was said to be interested in Palm for the exact same reasons that HP is–for the company’s intellectual property and patents: “Apple was mostly interested in Palm’s huge library of intellectual property and patents (450+ patents on file, another 400+ applications on file).” Additionally, Apple’s interest may also stem from curbing RIM’s dominance in the keyboarded smartphone space, perhaps letting Palm be an independent, yet wholly owned company under Apple’s wings.