Linked by the_randymon on Wed 9th Jan 2013 09:26 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This week the folks on the webOS forum got into an interesting and productive discussion about how webOS can fit into the current world where iOS and Android seem to have completely stitched up the market. Even Windows Phone 8 is having trouble getting a toe-hold! But there is hope.
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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 9th Jan 2013 10:31 UTC
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An operating systems in one thing, but more important, for me, are applications. A great OS without apps is almost useless.

WP is lacking a number of apps that have iOS and Android versions. This situation is slowly improving, but it's an OS that has the might of Microsoft behind it and hardware makers like Nokia.

Apart from WebOS there are a number of new operating systems with no such backing. My guess is they will divide the very small "others" category in the marketshare pie chart and I doubt this will make developers take much interest. You can expect some hobbyists making an app or two, but nothing from the big players.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Neolander on Wed 9th Jan 2013 16:46 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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I guess it depends on what one calls ''applications". In my experience, mobile software that doesn't come from the OS manufacturer will almost always be of horrendously bad quality and should not be used unless there is absolutely no way around it. Which rarely happens anyway.

It even kind of makes sense : considering how little one pays for mobile apps, one shouldn't be expecting much of them.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 9th Jan 2013 19:12 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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The stock apps tend to have the basic functions covered + some extra. Third party apps should be better, or else it would make no sense to release them (unless you call them "light weight").

I have an iOS Phone and a WP one. Some apps are available on both platforms, but the WP ones are of lesser quality. They can be described as light versions of the iOS ones.

But for example my bank has an iOS app, it allows me to check my accounts and transfer money between them and to other people. This is great and less hassle than using a computer. It didn't have a WP app, until recently. No big deal, because I had it on iOS. But imagine having a WebOS or Ubuntu phone. Not very likely it will get the app and I would miss it. Probably a number of apps I would miss.

Then what good would the stocks app be if other phones provide these same functions? Maybe the OS can read minds which would be great, but it can't read my bank account, display my Dropbox files, kill pigs with birds and a number of things common on iOS, Android and to some extend WP.

Before I had an iPhone I had an iPod touch. It was great, I loved it, but very quickly it became limited. There was no app store. Then came the app store and it's capabilities became unlimited, because over time more and more interesting, fun and useful apps appeared.

So I don't want a phone with only a few apps, no accessories, no users and no serious backing and thus no future even if it's the greatest operating system ever and is the most usable thing in the history of the universe.

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