Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Sep 2017 21:27 UTC

I have become the unofficial standard bearer for webOS, the operating system created by Palm for the Pre and its successive devices. It was a wildly innovative and smart foundation for a smartphone done in by performance problems, mediocre hardware, and most of all by US carriers who acted as kingmakers for other companies.

So as the bearer of a thoroughly-tattered banner, I’ve been hearing a lot of people ask what I thought about the iPhone X and how it borrows many of the ideas first introduced by Palm. Here’s what I think: it’s great, and also it’s silly compare the state of tech in 2017 with the state of tech in 2009. Just because Palm did some stuff first doesn’t take away from Apple is doing them now. Context matters, and our context today is very different.

WebOS had some great ideas, but on a technical level, the operating system was a mess. It was a major battery hog, slow, and basically nothing more than a tech demo made in WebKit on top of a largely unmodified Linux kernel, running on mediocre hardware. WebOS wasn't a product worthy of the Palm name.

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RE[2]: A mess ?
by leech on Sat 16th Sep 2017 17:03 UTC in reply to "RE: A mess ? "
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> No mobile OS has yet reached the ease of use of WebOS GUI, nor its capacities in multitasking.

AOSP has full floating multiwindow. It's entirely the manufacturers' fault they haven't turned that on for tablets or convertibles.

I haven't used WebOS so I can't really speak for that;
But the N900 and N9 (Maemo and MeeGo) had awesome Multitasking, and the single MeeGo phone had the easiest to use interface out of any of them. I still miss using mine all the time...

Floating multi-window was added I think to the TouchWiz Samsung things first, then later on added to standard Android, like a lot of things, seems Samsung tries to implement the features, does a crap job the first time, gets it right the second, then about 4 or 5 revisions in, plain Android gets the same feature (shortly before iOS does for most things)

Nah, I'm not bitter at all that MS screwed up the once great Nokia...

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