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The consensus watchers appear to have focused on the following potential buyers:
HTC: Both Engadget and Gizmodo, as well as other reports, have HTC has the clear frontrunner. Having emerged as a commanding smartphone maker in the past two years -- especially for handsets like Nexus One and Hero that run Google's Android OS -- HTC acquiring Palm would give it WebOS and further strengthen HTC's ties with carriers, as well as award it Palm's portfolio of patents.
Lenovo: As the other suitor mentioned in Bloomberg's report, Lenovo is more of a question mark. The company recently entered the smartphone game itself with the announcement of the LePhone, and has shown plenty of willingness to expand beyond its PC-maker core into adjacent markets.
Nokia: The world's handset leader could gain a new foothold in North America -- a market it's struggled to crack, even with its dominance in the rest of the world. But what would Nokia do with WebOS when it already has Symbian and Meego, both of which it's invested so much time and energy?
Dell: Dell? Really? Believe it. With Dell starting to experiment with its own Android-based smartphone, the company could thrust itself into the handset conversation without having to develop its own mobile OS or start from scratch on the hardware side.
Huawei: Though considered a long shot at best, Huawei has a commanding presence in China, one of the hottest smartphone markets in the world and poised for explosive growth in the coming years.