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: A mess ?
by sergio on Sun 17th Sep 2017 05:54 UTC in reply to "A mess ? "
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No mobile OS has yet reached the ease of use of WebOS GUI, nor its capacities in multitasking.

Never used a phone with webOS but I used a crappy HP tablet around 2011 or 2012 with it and... what was so "easy" about it??? To me it was horrible and unresponsive. o_O

Back then iOS5 was much simpler and agile. I've found webOS similar to GNOME and that's not a compliment exactly... btw I have no idea if webOS was better or worse than iOS at technical level but It wasn't simpler or easier to use than iOS and it looked terrible.

Maybe webOS was better than Android, thanks God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, I didn't have to use Android in 2011 so I cannot compare them.

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