Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wonders about WebOS

WebOS: Palm's last OS brainchild to brace the world before their usurpation of Palm by HP. It is by far the only interesting mobile platform that leads my eye away from iOS. It is simple, elegant, and the shortage of apps does not bother me. The multitasking is unsurpassed by any other platform with the ingenious use of "cards", little live previews of each open app. The use of a gesture area rather than navigation buttons in the UI are what I would say brilliant.

The only problem so far is the hardware. The original Pre was a failure because it failed to compete with the current phones on the market at the time, and still to this day HP/Palm has refused to release a phone without a keyboard. The first device that had the chance to let WebOS shine through was the HP Touchpad, and we all know how badly that failed.

HP may have their savior device in the works: The Palm Pre3.

All though this device has a keyboard it may be the first phone from HP to have competitive specs with the current market, not the phones from two years before its release. A large touchscreen, spacious keyboard, 512mb of RAM, a 1.5Gigahertz processor, and the latest version of WebOS. I personally am very excited about this phone, but will purchase an unlocked Pre 2 to get a taste of the operating system, before making a long term commitment to the ecosystem.

With this and a possible keyboard-less phone, HP could become a leader in the smartphone industry, if their team decides to make a difference and not just turn WebOS into a profitable "thing" that they bought.

Will post as more things happen,

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