05/30/2011, 03:20 PM
i see alot of valid points for why it should and shouldn't be done, but for ever "why it shouldn't" i can see a "why it should" and vise versa >_<;
for the whole "it wouldn't be able to sync properly" thing (paraphrased):
it wouldn't really require any sort of palm profile to be really done at all. think about it, all the stuff is being done via bluetooth. there is already data transfer protocols and what not in place for it. the phone just needs to be able to push "hey there's a new message!" and the TP go "oh really? send it on over!" and then the phone pushes it over via a simple BT Data Connection...
now granted, it doesn't mean that this could be how its all working already, although i almost bet it is, but if they seriously made it any more "complicated" than that simple little outline, then they are just asking for constant glitches and quirks. as the past has shown us thousands of times before, simple is usually better. instead of having some fancy program having to do a hundred different tasks just to send/receive basic data such as a few bytes worth of text, then it just increases the chances of failure from such program. if it was just a simple "hey here's a message, do you want it?" from the phone, and a "yea go ahead and send it to me" from the Touch Pad, it creates a very simple blue tooth connection to send data just like we already do between other blue tooth devices.
You connect your phone, laptop, or desktop to a bluetooth printer. the device sends text or an image over bluetooth through a simple data transfer, and the printer uses it just like it would if it was connected via usb.
Phone connected to laptop or desktop, transferring pictures, music, videos, etc over said connection either from computer to phone, or from phone to computer.
heck we even use bluetooth to tether our phones to computers for internet!
The technology is already here for it, and its simple and straight forward... no god like programing is required to make the texting/calling features work properly across any type of phone. the only real hitch here... is contacts!
the contacts of which you text (and/or possibly even call) would probably need to be dang near exactly the same on both the TP and the phone. i can see where some serious issues could arise if the TP had different contact information than the phone does. But that is already almost cleared completely up if you are using an Android phone, cause it syncs contacts through Google, but low and behold, SO DOES WEBOS. as long as the contact you are texting has the same google contact linked together (as in, the contact on the TP is linked to the same Google Contact as the Android's contact) then there shouldn't be a single problem what so ever. but for iPhones, they dont have something that syncs that way i believe. but then again, i dont know much about iPhones.
and as for the whole Ecosystem thing:
with the regard of the whole iPad/iPhone ecosystem, there isn't much "syncing" being done between those devices at all. i haven't seen any "over the air" or "cloud" based syncing with them. you always have to connect it to a computer to sync all your music, pictures, videos, sometimes contacts (if i remember from my iPod Touch), and sometimes apps. now granted the apps can be synced via a cloud like thing, but you have to go to the app store, find the app you bought/downloaded from the other device, and redownload it onto the new device. idk if the whole "you previously downloaded this app on another device. would you like to download it to this one?" kind of thing is an option when signing into your app store profile, but either way, its too many steps compared to WebOS's "you downloaded this on your Phone using this account, your app will now be synced across all platforms" aspect.
(sorry for all the quotation type references. its nearly 100 degrees here, so its too hot to just sit here and try to describe everything in alot of detail when i can just simply use an analogy lol)