Posts tagged with: webOS
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    webOS is a funny creature. There are a lot of analogies that could describe its perseverance, but the two I usually default to are the scrappy little kid that keeps throwing himself against a bully despite numerous beat-downs, or the cockroach that just won’t go away even in nuclear winter. Neither of those two are particularly flattering comparisons, so instead we just call it the Chicago Cubs of the mobile world. Every year is “Wait ‘til next year.” And yet, we still keep writing about this mostly defunct operating system. Last week, two pieces of news came up in the feeds. The ...

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    For all the formal announcements of new products we've seen at CES 2015, some of the most exciting developments have come from model that aren't quite ready to step full-on into the spotlight yet. A couple days back, we learned of just such a stealth arrival, with a previously-unknown round-screened LG smartwatch spotted at an Audi presentation. Shortly thereafter, a report surfaced that claimed LG was working on a whole lineup of webOS-based smartwatches, adding fuel to the speculation that the model seen at CES wasn't running Android Wear after all. Now the whole picture is finally ...

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    A new, round, smartwatch made by LG, popped up at CES 2015, and could (or could not) be the G Watch R2. The South Korean company already has a couple of smartwatches in its portfolio, but, according to a recent report, we might see a webOS smartwatch in about a year from now. "We’re going to slowly try to build an (software) ecosystem around areas we can have more control over", said the unnamed source, referring to the fact that LG might start to move away from Android Wear (or at least have an alternative). Another person familiar with the matter, still unnamed, claims that LG might ...

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    Some of us here at Pocketnow are die-hard Palm/HP/webOS fans (we won't give names, you know Michael Fisher and Adam Doud anyways), and, fueled by that passion, our own Adam Doud has written a little post imagining the webOS powered smartwatch. The fate of the platform was in question after LG purchased it, and, we were afraid we would not see anything webOS-powered except a couple of TVs or toasters. As it turns out, a special website hosted by LG has popped up (and then it has been later taken down). While it lived, it referenced an SDK (software development kit) for... wait for it... an ...

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    There comes a time in every tech geek’s life when they have to ask themselves a question – “What else is out there?” There was a time when every platform – iOS, Android, Blackberry, PalmOS/webOS, Symbian, etc – offered something unique to the mobile space. They offered something compelling to keep you locked into their own ecosystems, so that you wouldn’t dare stray afield.  These days, that is becoming less and less of a concern. Platforms are catching up with other platforms and there is a lot more parity then there used to be. This isn’t universally the case, but the ...

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    Palm's webOS – at least the webOS we knew and loved - is dead. Sure, LG's picked up the platform for use in its smart TVs, and aspects the OS have lived on as they inspired devs working on current mobile platforms, but we're never going to see another Pre, Veer, or Pixi. But while webOS itself may be fading into the background, the minds behind it continue to contribute to this industry, and we just got word of a couple big webOS names finding a new home with a smartwatch manufacturer, with Pebble hiring both Itai Vonshak and Liron Damir. Vonshak and Damir both moved to LG after HP ...

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    Interesting news hit the feeds last week. HP former smartphone maker and barely-tablet maker wants to make its own smartwatch. Yes. A smartwatch. There have been some rumors and teaser graphics surrounding this device and that’s all fine and good. Some speculation came to our attention regarding this HP smartwatch, and it has some merit, or at the very least should be considered. HP’s smartwatch should run webOS. Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Did I leave the oven on when I left the house this morning?” I have good news for you. Probably not. But now ...

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    Looks like the history of Palm isn't over yet, after the company has been purchased by HP in 2010. It looks like Palm is changing hands once again, as now, according to an official press release, Qualcomm is acquiring it from HP, alongside others, including a patent portfolio consisting of around 1,400 granted and pending patents from the US, and 1,000 more from other countries. The chip-maker's move comes almost a year after webOS has been sold by HP to LG. In addition, Qualcomm also purchased IPAQ and Bitfone patents from HP, but the Palm move brings Adam Doud's editorial into the ...

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    This week at CES, we will see a rebirth, or as the Verge calls it, a reboot. Our old friend, webOS is making its triumphant return to the large screen it was always meant for. No, I’m not referring to tablets, but to TV’s. Oh, didn’t you hear the news? Yeah, we review TV’s now. (No, we don’t). But webOS’s return to electronics is definitely interesting. Sure, it’s not the electronics we want, nor does it resemble the interface we’ve all come to know and love - and more on that later - but it is confirmation that the webOS zombie has dug itself out of its grave and begun to ...

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    "Avalanches above, business continues below." That's a lyric from a very weird song, but it also encapsulates the goings-on in the Pocketnow offices this week - with technology news bubbling up from the outside world even as review devices tumble down from above. We'll talk about those devices as well as the rest of the happenings in the mobile technology world, and we'll take questions from your listener mail in the ninety minutes of this week's podcast. (We'll also take every opportunity to distract you from Michael Fisher's awful audio quality with promises of G Flex coverage, coming ...

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    Legacy. There are few words in the English language that carry more power, more prominence, or more distinction. Legacy is what lives beyond. It’s what carries forward whether its creator moves forward with it or not. Everyone strives for a legacy, whether it's a parent who wants to put their child in a better place than they had, or a king who desires a strong and prosperous kingdom. Legacy is on every mind and in every heart on the planet. Big or small. Our favorite operating system is dead as we know it. Sure there are a few devices still making the rounds, a few stalwart fans that ...

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    Two years and one week ago, Leo Apotheker, then-CEO of HP, changed the face of mobile technology. To some, it was reconstructive plastic surgery. To other, it was the popping of a pimple. But regardless of your perception, a face was changed. To commemorate the occasion, Managing Editor Anton D. Nagy challenged me to brush off my Pre 3 after about a year of retirement, and fire that puppy up again. My task for the week was to use my Pre 3 and webOS as my daily driver – as much as possible. Basically if I had a mobile technology task to accomplish, I was to reach for the Pre 3 first. I ...

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    Before we begin, we'd just like to say something to everyone who's going to call us out for click-baiting with that "Galaxy S 5" title: your allegations are completely founded and true. But look here: even though Galaxy S 5 rumors are (to say the least) premature and indicative of a serious problem with our nasty-fast industry -an issue we discuss on the air- they're also important. That's because, as unreliable and, frankly, stupid as they are, they also give us an opportunity to discuss the future of Samsung industrial design. And any opportunity we get to talk about the Galaxy family in ...

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    The HP TouchPad Go was to be the savior of webOS as we knew it.  It would have, with one swipe up and one swipe over, cast aside all doubt that HP and webOS were major players in the tablet space. But HP just couldn't give it a chance to swoop in and save the day. OK seriously, the TouchPad Go would have been a nice little tablet – emphasis on little – and may have stalled webOS's decline. Realistically though, it would not have stopped the great “Too Many Cards” in the sky from ultimately claiming webOS into her bosom. But it would have been really nice to try. So, for those of ...

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    Today marks the anniversary of the release of the first webOS handset, the Palm Pre. As such, you're bound to see plenty of nostalgic looks back on the much-beloved platform throughout the day – and we're certainly no exception. But beyond all that, we have ourselves somewhat of an oddity today, with some actual webOS news crossing our desk – that's saying something for a platform that's been shuttered for the better part of two years. This development concerns one of the key digital signatures webOS uses to authenticate communication with HP's servers. Like a credit card, these ...

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    Sometimes you get listener mail that asks how the band got together in the first place. Sometimes that happens the day after you drop some nostalgic sentimentalism all over the internet. Sometimes, simultaneously, there are some sweet, juicy rumors and leaks about a top-of-the-line camera phone with what looks like a moon crater on it. Sometimes you gotta put all that into a podcast with the original cadre of Pocketnow 'casters, and see what comes out. All that, plus the longest outtake reel in the history of Pocketnow, more Nokia EOS rumors than you can shake a stick at, the first-ever ...

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    It's been four years to the day that Palm's would-be savior platform, webOS, launched to much hoopla with the original Pre. And though the days since have been dark ones indeed for the all-but-dead platform, we thought it would be nice to indulge our nostalgia on this, the anniversary day of "20090606," with a Palm Pre unboxing. Fortunately, our own Michael Fisher happened to have a like-new Palm Pre box, an artifact from a launch-day excursion to his local Sprint store all those years ago. And while the Pre within might charitably be called "well-loved" in terms of its physical condition, ...

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    We had an interesting bit of synchronicity crop up in the offices of Pocketnow -and in the recording studios of our weekly tech podcast- this week: we're simultaneously in possession of one of the thinnest, newest tablets in the world - and one of the clunkiest, oldest ones. The interesting part about the latter: it never officially existed. We'll talk about that, plus rumors of yet another mini-Galaxy that ain't bashful about skimping on specs, and a Motorola smartphone that's all-American from design to manufacture. We'll also cover rumors of a newer, flatter iOS 7 as well as updates to ...

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    Everyone has their own idea of what "perfect" means. What I, personally, see as the perfect device may be a hunk of useless junk to the next guy. And every existing smartphone – and any other device or product, for that matter – comes with its own set of flaws, large or small. So the term "perfect" in a broad, general sense is virtually impossible. It's very unlikely for a company to deliver one product that not one person has a single complaint about. It's also unlikely that everyone can and will agree on that same product being great. One person might not like the way it looks, ...

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    Nostalgia is a funny thing. Sometimes it creeps up on you, and tickles you at the edge of your senses without you even realizing it. One minute you're sitting there and you catch of whiff of roast beef mixed with stale beer and blammo, you're thinking about Cindy Pepperstein who firmly but gently turned you down for the senior prom. And sometimes nostalgia hits you in the face with a shovel, which is the situation I found myself in not long ago. I started thinking, as I admittedly often do, about webOS. About what could have been. (--Insert Harp Music Here--) The TouchPad Go is what could ...

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    In a surprise announcement today, HP CEO Meg Whitman has revealed that HP has purchased webOS back from LG. “HP is definitely maybe committed to probably doubling down on webOS in the coming weeks this time. Stay tuned.” The deal was consummated last night for $600 million and HP has to fill LG's soda machine for three years. “It's like getting it at a discount. 50% off the last time we bought it. It's a real coup,” Whitman added.] Nary a cocktail napkin was safe in Sunnyvale as the design team kicked into high gear. HP anticipates their new flagship phone, the Pre 4-1, will be ...

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    We love us some new technology, and we certainly give it its fair shake on today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly. But every so often, you need to give a little lip-service to the tech of days gone by. The platforms and devices of yesteryear. That's right: I'm talking about dead technology. It makes sense, then, that a man going by the twitter handle DeadTechnology is here to help us dust off those fond memories. In his inaugural visit to the Pocketnow Weekly, our own Adam Doud pulls back the veil of public apathy secrecy surrounding the phenomenon of the "webOS meetup," a regular ...

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    Let me hit you with some opinion, mobile fans. Let me ask you to consider the following hypothetical. This will require you to use your imagination. You ready? Okay, here goes: Big platforms aren't cool. You know what's cool? New platforms. Yes, I'm generalizing. Yes, I'm paraphrasing The Social Network's faux-Sean Parker to make a point. And no, I don't really think that Android, iOS, and Windows Phone are somehow "uncool." But they are kind of predictable ... right? They're "comfortable." They do what we want them to do (usually) and behave how we expect them to (most of the time). They ...

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    I woke up one morning last week having spent two short but lovely hours snuggling with sugarplums. I headed downstairs to the computer, fired up the twitters and had a bucket of cold water thrown over my head. Not literally, but it had the same effect. LG Purchases webOS from HP. Um...Lolwut? Remember the context here. This is all happening in the middle of a flurry of other news flying out of Barcelona and suddenly, LG owns webOS? Alrighty. So we took a few more cautious steps forward. Long story short, LG hasn’t bought ALL of webOS. They’ve just bought a little bit of it – people, ...

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    webOS to me is reminiscent of the Martin Short character in the movie Pure Luck. In that movie, Short plays literally the unluckiest man alive. At one point in the movie, Short is asked to take a seat at a table with dozens of chairs. One of the chairs has been rigged to collapse, and Short is asked to pick any of the dozens of chairs in the room. He naturally picks the broken chair. webOS, from the very infancy of its life, always, ALWAYS, picked the broken chair.  Seriously.  Let's run this down, all chronological like. When it All Began First, before it even existed, webOS caused ...

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