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: WebOS had too much.
by Sidux on Tue 19th Sep 2017 12:57 UTC in reply to "WebOS had too much. "
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Back then Apple was fighting over iTunes sync issues with "non-Apple" devices and Google was trying hard to lock users in.
Palm had nothing of the kind.
Even today most users don't know what they want .. They just want easy access to all the services they are using within a simple to use device.

I still remember the finishing touch of ArsTechnica for it.. "It was its great success that led to its failure on the market as well". ;)

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