Booted into WebOS today and I have to say that even with the advancements that have been made in android/ios/WP7-8 - it still feels fresh and intuitive. The native (android) gmail and calendar apps are just now catching up to how good webOS had it. No telling how far webOS would be today had it received the push it deserved.
I'm not the first nor the last to make that observation..
This is a nice coincidence. I installed CM 10.1 over a week ago (jcsullins 08/08 version). Google has made some nice improvements to Android and 4.2 is great. I've used it exclusively since I installed it. However I booted back into webOS about an hour ago and I felt like I was back at home.
The email is almost on par with webOS 3.0.5. The task manager, notifications, and settings still need some work, but they have improved greatly. The keyboards and auto-correct still suck, when compared to webOS. Don't get me wrong, they have nice features (remembering the way you type, themes, etc) but they just aren't implemented correctly and get in the way.
My biggest gripe is still with multi-tasking. Even with a few paid add-ons for Android, webOS' implementation of multi-tasking/app switching is light years better. Case in point, I have become addicted to Plants vs Zombies on Android. While I'm playing the game, I get a message from my Dad, who I haven't spoken to in a couple of weeks. I tap the notification and it switches to the messaging app (just like webOS, nice!). I type out a message, then I have to bring up the task manager and switch back to the game (2 movements). However, when I switch back the game has to reload to take me to the pause screen. Same thing happens if I temporarily lock my screen. So not only do I have to do two movements instead of one swipe, I have to wait 5-10 seconds for the game to come out of its saved state. I can play a webOS game immediately afterwards. I also get the same behavior from Feedly. It will go back to the first screen instead of the screen I was on before I switched to another app. The behavior is a little erratic depending on the app. Let's not even talk about the back button...... Tiring.
I'm waiting patiently for next month when ACL is supposed to be released. That way I can get the Android app goodness without the Android OS behavior badness.
Thanks for your post. I had to get that off my chest. WebOS was/is ahead of its time in terms of usability. Palm did a good job with the OS, bad job with the hardware, and horrible job of selling to HP.
---Sent from my HP TouchPad using Communities (a great webOS app!)