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[3]: A mess ?
by zima on Mon 18th Sep 2017 21:20 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: A mess ? "
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Eh, Nokia wasn't that great. Maemo/MeeGo projects took too long, with restarts along the way (your 2 devices are a testament to that, quite different...) were not helped by internal infighting between it and Symbian and S40 divisions. When MeeGo was getting somewhere with N9, it was already too late / Android had too much momentum (and Nokia board really disliked Android, that's why they brought a MS guy to the CEO position, they wanted WinPhone / MS didn't screw them)

Meanwhile Nokia was selling for too many years hardly changing products, just in many packagings.

Edited 2017-09-18 21:25 UTC

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