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 lc_lol on Sun 17th Sep 2017 08:42 UTC in reply to "RE: A mess ? "
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"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 "

- Swipe up from border : "cards" multi-task view
- Swipe card up : close the app (but keep most in background for a while, so it can re-open faster)
- Swipe card down : kill the app

(and on phones : swipe the border from right to left = back)

Way more easier than short-press, long-press, double-press, the center button.

BTW : I used a (not so crappy :p) iOS phone around 2014 and... it was horribly laggy, battery hungry and unresponsive...

So I explained my friend how he could kill his 78 (yes, really) background apps swiping them up ;) I wouldn't rely on that 5 minutes experience to declare anywhere that iOS is messy and crappy ;)

About the rest, yes you're right it wasn't eye-candy, but that's not what I was talking about ;)

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