10/20/2013, 12:13 PM
I finally had a play with 6.0.3 last night. Here are my initial notes:
I'm installing on a 32GB WiFi Touchpad running webOS 3.0.5 "upgraded" wth Preware, UberKernel and several patches (thanks again Rod et. al.).
The install went according to the PIC Email provided instructions (although I did have WOSQI pre-installed).
Note that ACL and all included apps are "extracted" to the "Downloads" tab of your webOS launcher. If you want to keep your Android stuff separate, move your existing apps to other tabs before installing ACL. BTW, can one of you fine webOS gurus create a patch for the creation and customization of more webOS 3.0.5 launcher tabs? Strange how this can be done under my Pre3's 2.2.4.
I note that one of the listed limitations of this "Preview" is that "ACL Upgradeability is not currently supported". What does this actually mean in practical terms? Will we have to uninstall this preview before installing later versions? How is that done, by removing using the webOS Software Manager or otherwise? Are all Android system settings, apps and app settings lost? PIC, please publish in a FAQ. In any event, I decided to test a few apps...
I have an HTC Desire running a custom Android 2.3.5 ROM so I have a decent idea/comparison of which apps I should be able to run under the current ACL.
I use an Android app called AppSaver which dumps unprotected .apk application files from those installed. So I simply dumped some of these apps into a folder and transferred it via USB (storage) to my Touchpad some time ago in preparation for side-loading onto ACL. Unfortunately ACL does not currently come with a file manager app so I first had to use the installed Android browser to browse to Amazon, install their AppStore, register my account and download and install ES File Explorer. Using it I simply side-loaded my apps as normal under Android (Details later). PIC, please include a free file manager with your install process.
In general, executing Android apps resulted in a minor (but acceptable IMHO) visual confirmation response. On occasion, the Android phone launcher home page did pop up (a bug but minor nuisance IMHO) but was easily swiped away.
The following are some notes on the apps I briefly tested:
- Amazon AppStore: disappeared after first install and reboot. Remained installed after second install and several reboots - go figure.
- File Manager: free version Works but delayed installation of payment module until I get the Android Market running (which should verify my purchase and give me the Add-Free version). Took similar approach with other paid apps from the Android Market/ Google Play.
- Root Explorer
- FolderSync: need to check cloud plugin
- Ubuntu One Files
- SpeedTest: Impressed that the webOS WiFi connection is apparently either transparently bridged or simply did not need bridging.
- Xmarks: synced with my account without issue. Bookmarks launch the links with the Android browser
- tinyCam Monitor PRO: even linked to my Dropbox, restored my IP camera settings and works as natively under Android. Brilliant!
- Subsonic: This client connected to my server once setup and streamed my music and podcasts without issue. Thank you PIC! Sorry Eric, I appreciate your work to bring us XO but its performance is somewhat inconsistent.
- Jango Radio
- TuneIn Radio
- VEVO: Audio-Video sync was affected but improved on "Low" setting. (Experience seems consistent with stated Hardware Acceleration issues
- BBC News
- C2C Player (This is a third-party CoasttoCoastAM client but is no longer available as an official app was released. However, the official app requires Android 4.0+)
- Concert Vault
- ezPDF Reader: need to check cloud plugin
- Tapatalk v.2.4.13
Not (yet) Working:
- Android Market: I had previously dumped the three files listed by John but had a different experience: On installing "vending.apk" and initial execution, it "force closed" and its icon launcher was nowhere to be found. Same result on Re-installation - testing deferred.
- WiFi Analyzer: Indicates that WiFi is not turned ON and directs you to the Android WiFi settings dialog where it is actually OFF. Thus this app seems to first check that setting rather than simply start scanning. FYI: trying to turn ON WiFi under Android results in the message "Error" with no apparent impact on the webOS connection.
- YouTube: Could not install - need Google Play Services
There is still work to be done but I'm impressed: OM & PIC, thank you and please take a bow...
My contribution is wating for your Pre3 ACL Kickstarter campaign!