Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Sep 2012 23:06 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Today is a great day for Open webOS. We have completed our initial roadmap and are releasing Open webOS 1.0 on schedule, as promised." The only use they mention in a video of WebOS running on a TouchSmart? Hotel kiosks. Sigh.
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WTH?!
by runjorel on Sat 29th Sep 2012 03:19 UTC
runjorel
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2009-02-09

Oh man...talk about excitement deflated. Firstly the video looks like it was made in the early 90s. Secondly, the guy looks like he is in pain doing this video and the long pauses with turn arounds are killer. Thirdly, Web OS looks laggy on the desktop. Where Thom's heart is for BeOS, I think my heart is for WebOS and it kills me to see it in this light.

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Comment by Meanwhile
by Meanwhile on Sat 29th Sep 2012 07:19 UTC
Meanwhile
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2005-09-03

Besides hotel kiosk Touchsmarts, there's Open webOS on a Nexus: http://www.webosnation.com/open-webos-oe-booted-galaxy-nexus-webos-...

Edited 2012-09-29 07:35 UTC

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What a dull video
by rklrkl on Sat 29th Sep 2012 11:39 UTC
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2005-07-06

It does seem bizarre that the original webOS started on phones and tablets and yet openwebOS is demo'ed on an HP TouchSmart PC (which I doubt many people have even seen) and *not* on a phone or tablet where surely its more suited for the consumer?

To use hotel kiosks as an example seems fairly obscure (and with no actual demo apps shown for kiosks, it remains just a pipedream). If I were demo'ing openwebOS, I'd have shown a few typical apps running (e.g. an office suite, a browser, a game, a video camera app) to at least prove that you can do some common things that we'd expect and then maybe shown a few features that are unique (more about the card system and the ability to flick to close etc.).

The whole video came off as very flat - personally, I'd have a bit of unobtrusive background music, a short intro and then go fullscreen to show openwebOS in action (we don't need to see the bloke once he's introed openwebOS).

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RE: What a dull video
by tidux on Sun 30th Sep 2012 01:08 UTC in reply to "What a dull video"
tidux Member since:
2011-08-13

It's simple. HP doesn't make smartphones anymore. They do make these touch PCs. If they still made smartphones they'd be demoing it on a smartphone.

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RE[2]: What a dull video
by Laurence on Sun 30th Sep 2012 09:02 UTC in reply to "RE: What a dull video"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

It's simple. HP doesn't make smartphones anymore. They do make these touch PCs. If they still made smartphones they'd be demoing it on a smartphone.

They are rumoured to be working on new smart phones. What they don't make any more is tablets.

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RE: What a dull video
by glarepate on Sun 30th Sep 2012 14:53 UTC in reply to "What a dull video"
glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

Showing off a mobile OS on a touch enabled PC is odd? You don't see that as being the trend of the moment?

Tablets are getting keyboards PCs are getting 3G radios. This way they can show off the new OS with hardware that is available and trendy.

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kiosks
by fran on Sat 29th Sep 2012 15:17 UTC
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2010-08-06

Come on guys, hotel kiosk was just an example for it's commercial potential and a bit of HP marketing "can integrate with our cloud services".
Those WebOS dev's has to be paid.

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RE: kiosks
by Laurence on Sun 30th Sep 2012 09:09 UTC in reply to "kiosks"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Come on guys, hotel kiosk was just an example for it's commercial potential and a bit of HP marketing "can integrate with our cloud services".
Those WebOS dev's has to be paid.
The devs are going to get paid regardless; this is HP, not some small start up. But I think you've missed the point of the discontent anyway.

Hotels kiosk is a pretty bad example as it's a niche market and one they didn't even demonstrate any potential for anyway.

Thus what people are moaning about is how badly HP have sold webOS in that video. An advert like this is likely to make it harder to market webOS and thus harder for HP to justify their webOS division.

So really, we want the same end goal you're talking about: a successful commercial product.

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QT5
by fran on Sat 29th Sep 2012 15:20 UTC
fran
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2010-08-06

Hmmm, planned support for QT5

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Genius
by gloucestershrubhill on Mon 1st Oct 2012 02:20 UTC
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2010-08-10

Thom,

It's probably a good thing you've not been too exposed to WebOS. Like BeOS, it's the sort of thing that hooks you and is difficult to shake. Using any mobile system these days that's not WebOS seems like shoving my fist into a blender. Sure, the app selection's crap, but it's the only mobile system that genuinely makes me happy every time I use it. If Open WebOS amounts to anything, no matter how humble, it won't be a waste of that genius. Blackberry knows it was genius. Google knows it was genius. It's just a shame HP didn't have the balls to carry it through the darker times.

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