I hear a lot of prognostication about who will buy Palm now that they are officially up for grabs. People are suggesting that HTC, Lenovo, or even Apple would be the most likely to buy them, however I don’t think any of them will get Palm. I think that Google will get Palm for around 1 billion dollars, and here is why.
Primarily, the main reason is that Palm’s WebOS falls directly in line with Google’s philosophy of web first, native second. That with the Google Native Client could make for a compelling addition to Android. One could argue that Android is lacking only in UI, and WebOS has a UI second only to the iPhone. Secondarily, buying Palm would give Google patent ammunition to use in assisting HTC in their legal battle with Apple, especially since it is Google’s Android OS that is causing the issue.
It doesn’t make sense for Apple to get Palm, even if they are in the bidding, because Google has shown in the past that it is willing to go way above a company’s valuation to snag them. This makes just too much sense so it has to happen, that is my prediction, it is sort of hopeful because I like WebOS and Palm, and would like to see it continue, albeit in a more pure HTML 5 sense.