10/22/2010, 12:21 AM
Dont get me wrong, I think that the people at Palm are extremely innovative and intelligent.
In 5 years time when the mobile cloud and web apps will dominate we will look back at the creation of WebOS and the only bad thing that people will say about it was that it was wayyy ahead of its time.
So Palm has done some seriously good stuff with WebOS, and 2.0 looks seriously strong.
I understand that Palm just got aquired by HP and before they were a small company, its not easy trying to keep up to speed with the latest tech, things move super fast in the mobile industry right now. SO, some features I understand will eventually come to WebOS. Im patient I will wait.
There is ONE thing that I am not patient about, and actually quite disappointed in Palm with:
The integration of homebrew patches baked into the main OS.
Now, I understand that some patches are niche things, (and some cant be added because they are a breach of carrier policy etc) but there are some patches that bring the phone to a whole new level, and that the average WebOS consumer (non homebrewer) has been complaining about and wanting for some time. Some were incorporated, but not nearly enough.
This is not even a "common Palm get on it!" complaint, this is a "you had a huge opportunity sitting on your lap here, and you passed on it"
Palm, I understand some things are just out of your reach at this moment in time, Sprint is giving you the middle finger, the app catalog is not what it should be, but for petes sake, you have been HANDED to you some of the best upgrades for WebOS, for FREE, beta tested by all of us, and you passed on them.
Bad move in my opinion.
Below are a list of patches that SHOULD have come baked into WebOS 2.0 (maybe with toggles to disable), and didnt:
Without a doubt:
-Advanced System Configuration
-Devicemenu Maxed Out Ultra
-Mega Mix and Multi Mod (for Web Browser)
Debatable (ones I sure like):
-Add Date MM/DD
-Add Select All and New Message
-Alarm Daily Options
-Copy Youtube URL to clipboard
-Delete all conversations and texts
-Match State to Areacode
-Enabling Landscape for email, messaging, etc
-Set Avatar for messaging
-Raise Resolution Limit
-Reduce Drag Radius (it helps with scrolling lag)
-Shake to reload (browser)
-Share Larger Videos Via Email
-Swipe to delete contacts
-Swipe to delete videos
-Video Camera flashlight
Personally, these arent just patches that are preferable choices or niche things, they are patches that seriously extend the capabilities of WebOS
When I went through the list I thought to myself "Does this patch interfere or limit anything in WebOS by it being enabled?" In other words, if I added it to someones phone and they didnt know it was there, would it negatively affect their experience.
And if it did, it didnt make the list.
And it doesnt even stop at patches... when Music Player Remix came out all I could think was "oh man, Palm is gonna snatch this up and make it the official player." .......and they never did.
Now Music Player 2.0 makes the official music player look like a JOKE. Palm should buy Music Player Remix 2.0 and integrate it into the OS (as long as that would be cool with the developer of course)
And there are tons of other homebrew apps too.
Internalz would be awesome as an official app (just restrict its access to just the Media/Internal/ folder)
Save/Restore would be a nice addition and a backup in case Palm Profile fails. (it does)
Mode Switcher (without the homebrew apps to modify like Govnah) would be seen like a sweet automator like on Mac OSX.
Put an option in the App Catalog to enable "Beta and Unofficial apps" with a warning, but I mean at least that will boost your app numbers by a couple 1000.
These are just things that were there for the taking to integrate in the OS, and you didnt.
Personally I think that it was a bad move. I know that most of us will just homebrew and use these things, but Palm cant use them as bragging rights to their OS then, and sadly in this crammed Mobile OS climate, bragging rights mean a lot.
What do you guys think?
Disagree? Any patches that you would add that Palm should have baked into WebOS?