What's up with WebOS?

lsvtecjohn3

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I know HP said a while back that it was going to be open sourced but I haven't heard anything since. WebOS was a decent OS with promise but the hardware lack. I actually would like to see WebOS succeed as it would push iOS, Android, and WP
 

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I know HP said a while back that it was going to be open sourced but I haven't heard anything since. WebOS was a decent OS with promise but the hardware lack. I actually would like to see WebOS succeed as it would push iOS, Android, and WP
There is absolutely no chance of WebOS succeeding in mobile handsets.

There is enough scepticism that with IOS , Android, Windows Phone 7 & 8, that even BB OS 10 could struggle to find its spot in the market when t launches next year.

BB playbook 2 software is as close to Web OS you can see still on the market, and even that device is being removed from retail chain as we speak.

WebOS for all its niceties is dead, and poses no credible challenge to any of the leading phone softwares currently.
 

Tarzanman

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I have an HP touchpad. WebOS has fallen faaaaaaaaaaar behind Android and iOS in terms of capabilities. Too bad HP never put it on decent hardware. Everyone I know who had a Pre or Pixi destroyed their phones within a year of owning them

There is absolutely no chance of WebOS succeeding in mobile handsets.

There is enough scepticism that with IOS , Android, Windows Phone 7 & 8, that even BB OS 10 could struggle to find its spot in the market when t launches next year.

BB playbook 2 software is as close to Web OS you can see still on the market, and even that device is being removed from retail chain as we speak.

WebOS for all its niceties is dead, and poses no credible challenge to any of the leading phone softwares currently.
 

aaronchow

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I have an HP touchpad. WebOS has fallen faaaaaaaaaaar behind Android and iOS in terms of capabilities. Too bad HP never put it on decent hardware. Everyone I know who had a Pre or Pixi destroyed their phones within a year of owning them
The hardware basically kills the software as WebOS's concept was very advanced at that time, but the execution by the management was the worst ever, and the TouchPad was a big mistake. They should focus on the phone first, then release the TouchPad when their phones are mature enough. I loved my Palm Pre (and also bought an unlocked Pre 3). The built quality for the Pre 3 is much better than the original Pre. If Palm released Pre 3 first, then the Palm brand should still exist at this point.
 

kdarling

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I know HP said a while back that it was going to be open sourced but I haven't heard anything since. WebOS was a decent OS with promise but the hardware lack. I actually would like to see WebOS succeed as it would push iOS, Android, and WP
I saw a video the other day with WebOS running on a Galaxy Nexus, I think. Just a rough, slow first port of the original open source code. I'm sure it'll get improved.

I loved WebOS, although it took me a few days to change my ways to fit its different paradigm. If Palm had put it on a fast, bigger screen phone, I think it might've done better in the market. Of course, their first big mistake was giving Sprint an exclusive and delaying the Verizon debut. Dumb.
 

lsvtecjohn3

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There is absolutely no chance of WebOS succeeding in mobile handsets.

There is enough scepticism that with IOS , Android, Windows Phone 7 & 8, that even BB OS 10 could struggle to find its spot in the market when t launches next year.

BB playbook 2 software is as close to Web OS you can see still on the market, and even that device is being removed from retail chain as we speak.

WebOS for all its niceties is dead, and poses no credible challenge to any of the leading phone softwares currently.

I wouldn't say no chance. It's a slim one for sure but when WebOS first came out it was IMO was better than Android and was a contender to iOS, when iOS was at 2.0ish I believe? If HP is to open it up it's OS ala Android I think it could succeed.
 

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I think Android should use WebOS' gui and style.

Just buy a BB playbook - it's software is as close to WebOS as you can get.

I wouldn't say no chance. It's a slim one for sure but when WebOS first came out it was IMO was better than Android and was a contender to iOS, when iOS was at 2.0ish I believe? If HP is to open it up it's OS ala Android I think it could succeed.
No the market is too dominated right now. There is not much room for another OS, with industry insiders watching BB 10's QNX with great caution. If a phone manufacturer with million of users releasing an updated phone Os can't convince people that it will succeed, how is anything else.
 

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.There is enough scepticism that with IOS , Android, Windows Phone 7 & 8, that even BB OS 10 could struggle to find its spot in the market when t launches next year.
If I were to make a bet, it would be heavily against BB OS 10 being successful. I think RIM dragged their feet for far too long.
 

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If I were to make a bet, it would be heavily against BB OS 10 being successful. I think RIM dragged their feet for far too long.
The only thing they have going for them is the fact there are a lot of BB users still out there, and many wont look at any other device other than BB, so when they do upgrade it will probably be for a BB 10 device.

That being said, if it doesn't meet with half decent reviews, and isn't as criminally broken as BB playbook software was initially (no native email or calendar client, and even after the update to put those in- still missed out on a BBmessenger app etc..) then those exisiting users may indeed look elsewhere. With WhatApp, iMessage and GoogleTalk all out there as alternatives to BB Messenger, it's hold may not be as strong as RIM hope.
 

Technarchy

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I think WebOS is done with no chance of recovery.

However it was the most beautiful mobile OS I had ever seen when it first launched.

Real shame Palm dropped the ball, and HP flat out sucks.
 

ChrisTX

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Of course, their first big mistake was giving Sprint an exclusive and delaying the Verizon debut. Dumb.
I think this is the #1 reason webOS died. The pre came at a time when there was the iPhone, and really no one else. Anyone that wasn't AT&T at the time was essentially begging for a compelling smartphone half way good enough to sell against the iPhone, and there really wasn't anything. Sure there was Blackberry, and Windows Mobile, but neither of those had the wow factor like the iPhone until the Palm Pre, and webOS. I'd be willing to bet(theoretically speaking because I can't go back in time, and chance the course of history) that if the Pre released on Verizon first with better marketing. That Palm would be in second with Android in third. Sadly Jon Rubenstein was right when he said that he had a better product in webOS, than Android. Ahh well webOS still lives on in my touch pad! :cool:
 

lsvtecjohn3

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I think this is the #1 reason webOS died. The pre came at a time when there was the iPhone, and really no one else. Anyone that wasn't AT&T at the time was essentially begging for a compelling smartphone half way good enough to sell against the iPhone, and there really wasn't anything. Sure there was Blackberry, and Windows Mobile, but neither of those had the wow factor like the iPhone until the Palm Pre, and webOS. I'd be willing to bet(theoretically speaking because I can't go back in time, and chance the course of history) that if the Pre released on Verizon first with better marketing. That Palm would be in second with Android in third. Sadly Jon Rubenstein was right when he said that he had a better product in webOS, than Android. Ahh well webOS still lives on in my touch pad! :cool:
That's only for the US. What about the rest of the world? I do agree that putting the Pre exclusivity on Sprint was the wrong move. IMO giving any carrier a exclusivity is the wrong move.
 

ChrisTX

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That's only for the US. What about the rest of the world? I do agree that putting the Pre exclusivity on Sprint was the wrong move. IMO giving any carrier a exclusivity is the wrong move.
Had it caught on in the US, I'm sure the rest of the world was next.
 

KnightWRX

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I know HP said a while back that it was going to be open sourced but I haven't heard anything since. WebOS was a decent OS with promise but the hardware lack. I actually would like to see WebOS succeed as it would push iOS, Android, and WP
Wow, 3 days and 15 replies and no one bothered to do a simple Google search ?

http://www.openwebosproject.org/

This is where WebOS is at.
 

gladesmellzgood

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I liked webos and thought it was the best OS out there, shame about Palm
Same here man it was disappointing to see it go down in flames like that! I absolutely loved WebOS and would still be a user today if it had a more viable future. I even bought an AT&T Pre 3 from ebay...so sad.
 

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