Palm-branded smartphones could return this year | TechCrunch. Do you remember when this phone was cutting edge? The Palm Pre had a beautiful, but tiny, color screen, and a real keyboard. But, mostly, it had a ground breaking OS, called Palm Web OS, that was Linux based. Ultimately, Palm failed; but, the idea, before its time, of a Linux based operating system became what we know today as Android. The physical keyboard fell by the wayside as phones needed more screen space; but, in an about face, keyboards, and Palm, may be resurrected. What goes around, comes around.