TCL Communication may be the company behind the new webpage that has been teasing loyal fans of mobile-computing pioneer Palm.

“Smart move”—a slogan that appears in a looped video on along with the orange Palm logo—is the brand platform of Alcatel One Touch, TCL Communication’s mobile brand.

The name of TCL Communication’s senior vice president Nicolas Zibell also appears on a document formalizing the transfer of Palm trademarks from HP to another company in October.

In an 18-page document posted on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website, Zibell signed as vice president of Wide Progress Limited, LCC, which received the Palm trademarks and service marks from Palm Trademark Holding Company. The latter was represented in the document by Rishi Varma, a senior vice president at HP.

Transferred along with the brand name Palm was its original company name, “Palm Computing,” as well as names of Palm products such as Palm Centro and Palm Pre.

Palm enthusiasts at webOS Nation have been discussing the perplexing appearance of Palm’s old logo in a new webpage to which the domain name now redirects.

A few weeks ago, Twitter user @benfysh noticed that the had been redirecting to a new domain name,

This made me curious so I started doing some online digging.

Based on records, the domain name already existed in 2003, but its whois details show that its new incarnation started only last November 12. The domain’s registrant is British Virgin Islands-based Wide Progress Global Limited.

At least two sites list “Wide Progress Global Limited” as a British Virgin Islands shelf company registered in Hong Kong on January 13, 2014.

Shelf companies, I just learned, are companies preregistered by providers and are sold to clients who need to quickly setup a new company.

Wide Progress Limited is listed as the new owner of the Palm trademarks, while Wide Progress Global Limited is’s registrant.

TCL Communications, meanwhile, is a China-based company publicly listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. It designs, manufactures and markets its portfolio of products under two brand names: TCL and Alcatel One Touch.

In its explanation of its brand platform, Alcatel One Touch declared, “We are Simple, not complicated.” Being simple and easy to use are the same features that made Palm products very popular.  Palm and Alcatel, it seems, are not incompatible.

If Palm will indeed return, I hope webOS—the most user-friendly mobile OS I ever used—will again find its way back to its old home. I would be really nice to use a Palm webOS phone with LG’s webOS TV.

HP killed Palm in the United States, but Palm’s resurrection may be a possibility in areas where Alcatel is expanding, such as the mobile-crazy emerging markets including my country, the Philippines. There are already more cellphones than people here, yet the mobile phone stores are still among the most crowded shops on weekends.

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  2. Perhaps since Alcatel it is aligned with TCL (TVs) maybe they will license the webOS (from LG) for their TVs. LG could be aligning manufacturers to battle against Roku and Tizen (Samsung).

    Or a cheap webOS phone for 3rd world markets (Asia)? License webOS for TVs and then for phones?

    Firefox OS is trying to make inroads in India so perhaps webOS can make headway as a phone again…

    Just spitballing…