Palm CEO Ed Colligan surprised analysts and investors alike with an announcement that the PDA vendor will release Linux-based smartphones by the end of 2007. iTWire reports that Palm has been developing the Linux platform and operating system for years. Unlike its previous operating systems, however, the company does not plan to license this one to other vendors.
The move is surprising because Palm released its first Windows Mobile-based devices just last year, but the iTWire piece indicates that Palm will distribute the Linux devices in addition to the Windows phones.
Colligan reportedly did not comment on takeover rumors.
The embattled company sold its Palm OS to a Japanese firm in 2005, and then faced patent infringement claims from NTP last year, shortly after NTP secured a huge settlement from BlackBerry maker Research in Motion in a similar case.