Last May, I had predicted that if they played their cards right, Palm/HP could challenge Apple at its own game. Since then I’ve been wondering if I should ever bother making more predictions, since nothing seemed to be happening from the Palm division.

Then yesterday the TouchPad was announced.

Sure there’s plenty of challenges ahead for WebOS, especially on the app/developer ecosystem side. But there’s still hope I can continue to moonlight as a tech pundit. After all, the same desire to deliver great experiences that runs in Apple’s blood also runs in Palm’s.

You don’t need a WebOS-based device to believe me. Just look at the aesthetics of Palm’s developer portal.

(Now, contrast that with Android’s…)

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