02/20/2013, 08:57 AM
To most webOS loyalists, apps were never a big issue, otherwise we all would a left a long time before most actually did.
I finally left not so much because of a lack of apps... I always carried an ipod touch, and used the homebrew app, free tether and before that the free mobile hot spot on the verizon pre plus to fix any need I had for an app... But in reality I still used my webOS phone for calenders, email, note taking, calculator, videos, pictures, occasional games, Facebook, Twitter, Web browsing, phone calls, texting, online banking, etc.... No I left after my pre 2 started randomly rebooting, alarms stopped ringing consistently, and devs that were long time supporters of the platform starting pulling their apps or support for the apps...
In other words, I got by.
The pre and pre plus did have some pretty decent apps... Pandora, slacker, stitcher, accuradio , tune in radio, epocrates, fandango, flicks ter, spotify, trapster, open table, good food, zagat, hand mark news apps, ny times, la times, newsweek , bank of America, wells Fargo, ea games, gameloft games, angry birds, picsel smart office, lexicomp, pepid, where, yp mobile, Google maps, later bing maps, photofunia, ap mobile... And there were a lot more.
Irrespective of webOS, I think the point of the article is that if a company can make good hardware, can make sure their core built in apps are very good, and get the support of big name developers to make mobile versions of their full websites, in either "app" form or via a "Web app", and of course have the support of carriers... There should be no reason why one has to be tied into a particular ecosystem such as apples or googles.
Where webOS had a potential advantage was synergy, bringing everything together from all kinds of sources and merging in into one device. That was a tremendous power of webOS, which unfortunately will never be realized and was never taken advantage of my palm and then hp.
Sent from my DROID RAZR MAXX, but webOS is always in me...