When Steve Jobs pulled out the iPhone at Macworld 2007 it was a game changer. Smart phones became what they are today because the iPhone flipped the market on its proverbial lid. Google built a search engine into a billion dollar industry and the web has never been the same because they changed the game. Say what you want about Microsoft but when they licensed their software and NOT hardware it changed the computer market forever. Similarly, mobile computing was in its infancy when Palm and US Robotics came along and released the Palm 1000. The PDA market exploded because Palm changed the game.
Each game-changer was innovative, fresh, and excited people. Palm recaptured that exciting spirit at CES in 2009 with the debut of the Palm Pre. But after HP stopped developing webOS hardware in 2011 it all but killed the innovation of webOS to the mobile world and fans of the platform were left without hope it would ever reach competitive market share. Open webOS was born but that game was so new it didn’t have a rule book. The game was over before it really began or so it seemed. Continue reading webOS Internals founder to OM/PIC “Too little, too late”→
A lot of the buzz this year has been around the Application Compatibility Layer for the Touchpad which enables Android apps to run under webOS. It is hopefully close to official release and there is a possibility that if it is successful, the Pre3 may be its next destination. But until then, let’s say hello to our friends in the Russian Federation – particulary Nikolay Nizov. Would you like Android in a card on your Pre3?
As a parent, Christmas time means I get to hear my 8 year old oggling over every toy commercial she sees. In fact, that’s usually the first indicator that I have to sit her down with a pencil and a piece of paper to get her to write a letter to Santa Claus. Once the letter is done I can remind her that she already wrote to Santa to make the begging lull…a bit.
It’s one of the most popular topics on the webOS Nation forums. Threads get started quite regularly about how to get a brand new, modern webOS handset. We all crave that next leap forward in hardware that signals the revival of our beloved OS. In this series of articles we’ll take a realistic look at what the options might possibly be.