A Palm smartphone reboot is reportedly coming to Verizon later this year

Verizon may launch a new Palm device in the second half of this
year, an anonymous source told
Android Police
. The rumor backs up what a TCL
executive said last August, when he confirmed to Dutch
publication Android Planet that the
company would launch a Palm phone this year
. TCL did not
respond to comments when we reached out at the time, despite
previous reports that the company
had no plans for the Palm
.

There are little details beyond a supposed release date for
this new device. According to
Android Police’s
report, the phone is expected to
run on Android OS, and TCL has reportedly returned to Palm’s
erstwhile partner, Verizon, for the impending release. The
carrier sold most of the brand’s phones, including the Palm Pre
2.

A GIF displayed by mynewpalm.com in December,
2014.

The Chinese company TCL, which
bought the Palm brand back in 2015
, is also in the midst of
reviving BlackBerry, another
dated smartphone brand, by making handsets. The company might
be preying on early smartphone users’ nostalgia for the days
before
Facebook became a data-sucking giant
and when
apocalyptic Black Mirror-esque robot films
weren’t
streaming on Netflix. The strategy seems to work in some
capacity for Nokia, which
revived the 3310
and
the banana phone from The Matrix
at the past two
Mobile World Congress showings.

Even though TCL was quiet when we last asked for details, we’ll
keep you posted if the company responds this time.

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