Palm has hired Paul Mercer to help develop its future products. While at Apple, Mercer helped develop the Mac OS 7.0 Finder. He also founded the software firm that helped Apple develop the first version of the iPod interface.

A report in The New York Times explains that Mercer has been working at Palm for three weeks on a "new range of products", although Palm won't comment on what these products are.

Mercer joined Apple in 1987. Most recently he helped design Samsung's Z5 MOP3 player, a device that has been sold only in South Korea.

“He’s the best of the best in this space,” said Paul Saffo, an adviser to Samsung and a Silicon Valley forecaster. “The guy has a knack for designing complex systems in ways that are accessible.”