Kik Messenger Initiative, webOS Newbies, CarbonOS Theme and more From the Forums | webOS Nation

Kik Messenger Initiative, webOS Newbies, CarbonOS Theme and more From the Forums 9

by Tim Stiffler-Dean Wed, 20 Apr 2011 7:59 pm EDT

Several users from the forums have been raising their voices to try and get Kik Messenger, a real time group messaging system for iOS and Android, ported over to webOS. Schmid7y has been raising the most noise lately with his conversations on Twitter as well, and tells us that the people at Kik are interested in getting an app on webOS, they just want to hear from more people that are interested. Obviously, this is a great opportunity to see an app ported to the platform, so head over to let them know what you'd like to see. Of course, we still need a Push Services from HP to make the possibility of this likely, but it's still a good idea to let companies know we're waiting for them,

We were all new at one time, though for most of us that was a long time ago. New users of webOS are still showing up in our forums to find out about the cool things they can do with their devices, so don't be afraid to search them out and give them the tips that have helped you the most along your own journey. Couck is one such new user, and he's looking for instructions on how to install themes and have some fun with various apps, so let him know your opinion on what to look for and get him moving on the "webOS way" of life.

Ever had a problem with a broken power button that was mashed into your device? Goyena has had that exact problem recently and asked for help in the forums to find out if it was possible to fix on their own (without shipping it in for replacement). No doubt, the webOS faithful responded with some great tips to get the problem solved, and the button is now working well that to their tips. 

Just like Couck up above, brianharr123 is new to the webOS world after selling his iPhone 4 and buying a Pixi Plus on AT&T. After saying that webOS devices are smartphones for the "seasoned and developed" (we agree!) he asks quite plainly what apps to get, and the masses came running in with answers. If you have some favorite apps/patches that you'd like to share, don't be afraid to let him know the best that webOS has to offer.

webOS 2.x has been out in the wild on the Pre 2 for a while now, but there are still only a few themes available for those of us using the latest version of the system. Even if that weren't the case, and webOS 2.x had many of the themes from 1.x updated to work with it, we think that Garrett92c's theme, CarbonOS, would still be one of the favorites of the bunch. Check out what he's done with his theme for webOS 2.0, and keep up to date with what features he'll be adding in the future by subscribing to his thread.

There's always a lot more going on in the forums than we can list here, though, so why not check them out for yourself? When you find stories that you would like to share in the column, From the Forums, send us an email at and we'll try to include it in the next batch. 


Push API... can't believe HP have no plans for that yet

No, we don't need a Push API from HP...

You're confusing Push Services with Push API.

We need push services! It sounds awesome!

Plainly and not planely.

Another week gone by with no real news on when or where the pre 3 will be available. :(

which one is better whatsapp or kik messenger?

love the carbonos theme

Great post Tim...while not so much a newbie-- closely approaching year 2 of life with a Pre and as a Precentral member--however; I am also not a full blown techie/developer. Appreciate your call to others out there to assist the newbies--and not-so-newbies in my case--whenever possible as this place (Precentral Forum) has been the best resouce for the numerous issues I have encountered throughout my Pre/WebOS experience. Never a shortage of technical information, expertise and insight!

Keep up the great work and fight to bring resouces, awareness, and USERS to the WebOS platform (users=marketshare=demand=better devices=greater WebOS recognition, prominence and development!)

Despite all the negative press, lack luster device reviews, strong competition, I'm looking forward to my next gen Pre3 and next phase of WebOS.

I'll be damned... HP better make it HUGE in press, commercials and everywhere, if they want WebOS to stand ANY survival chance against competition... That looong silence, only broken with one overhyped "Think Beyond" event, what are they thinking, how it looks like for the potential customers/developers...

I'll tell you how (as both customer and developer): it looks like the platform is DEAD, and the last only lifelines being the & WebOS Internals/homebrew, but with sparser and more feeble "blips" of life, week by week...

It would take HUGE marketing campaign, rock-solid quality, performance and user experience on new hardware, to revive & reborn WebOS... I am getting more skeptical with every passing week, especially that some joke of a smartphone (Veer) has been chosen to be a new fore-post of the platform rebirth... Goodness me, how blind could they possibly be at HPalm, would they ever get rid of that failure of a leadership they inherited with a company??? BTW, speaking about "Think Beyond", Rubinstein has such a horrible presentation skills, jaysus... I nearly fell asleep, and felt pity for the guy at some stage. The only interesting bits were specifications/photos... I wonder if anyone at HP actually supervises former Palm/Ruby, or do they plan to just watch their $1.5bln investment going down in flames, because some people still in charge (just preciously mysterious, after running the company to the ground, despite having the most brilliant product on the hottest tech market) are repeating the same mistakes over & over again???