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Twitter integration coming to Synergy? 14

by Derek Kessler Fri, 04 Nov 2011 11:01 am EDT

Synergy is one of our favorite underappreciated features of webOS. It does such a good job of bringing everything into one place that we can’t help but forget about its seamlessness. But Synergy is a pretty passive affair – you can add contacts and calendar events and the like, but it all just syncs up into the cloud somewhere. There are a variety of sources currently available for Synergy, including accounts from Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and Facebook. But not Twitter.

That could soon change, however, if some of the Twitter posts we’ve seen out of the webOS camp are any indication. Several HP employees recently posted onto Twitter somewhat innocuous posts and images, but what caught the eyes of their followers was the client used: “webOS Synergy.”

Like we said above, Synergy right now is a rather passive affair. There is no Twitter, which tells us that somebody in Sunnyvale has been working on integrating Twitter into webOS. Judging by the images we’ve seen posted – a relatively in-focus electric guitar and the water lily flower wallpaper from webOS smartphones older than the Pre3 (the Pre3 shared its wallpapers with the TouchPad, while everything up to the Veer shared a base set of wallpapers including the riverstones, water lily, and weird crab plant flower thing) – we’re guessing that this Twitter integration is coming to webOS smartphones. The TouchPad we’re not sure about (we doubt this has anything to do with the webOS 3.0.5 reports we’ve been seeing).

So just how could this hypothetical integration work? Probably something like the Twitter integration in Apple's iOS 5. There’s the ability to upload photos (and potentially video) directly from the Photos app and into the pic.twitter API, which no webOS app currently utilizes.

There’s also the ability to just post a message to Twitter, which in webOS would make the most sense integrated with Just Type as a Quick Action. This sort of status update is already available with the Facebook app for webOS, but it requires opening the app and submitting it yourself. Since this is billed as coming from “webOS Synergy,” it seems more like something integrated into the OS, perhaps without the need to confirm. Just type (ha), hit Send to Twitter, sit back and relax. This functionality exists already through the excellent Quick Post app.

There are other possibilities we haven’t seen exercised yet in the limited postings on Twitter. iOS 5 currently has Twitter integration available in Safari (for quickly sharing links), Maps (share your location), and YouTube (share that hilarious video). There’s even an API in iOS 5 that lets developers hook into the OS’ Twitter integration and share content from the app. Sure, plenty of webOS developers have worked together to share access between their apps, letting you send a post from Feeder to Carbon, but when the OS has an API available, it just makes things easier.

Yes, a good part of this post has been conjecture and assumptions (the paragraph preceding this one is practically a wish list), but it’s all within the realm of possibility. The only question left to be answered is how will we see this update happen? Our guess is not as an update to webOS on smartphones. HP’s all but abandoned their smartphones, but yet the development team is still working magic by adding Enyo to all the phones through a Trojan Horse Maps update. Could something similar be in store for adding Twitter support to Synergy? Could HP be releasing a Synergy Connector that adds Twitter support (and the first Synergy Connector at that)? Anything's possible at this point.


I yet to have a twitter account. But if Synery comes to Twitter, that might change.

This kind of Twitter integration is baked into my EVO 3D and quite frankly, it looks like HTC ripped off Synergy. And the integration of Twitter into iOS has been trumpeted pretty loudly for months now. It's sad to see what has happened to webOS under HP's far from benign neglect. From cutting edge to always playing catch up in two years. That's the new HP way I'm afraid.

HP should see if they can integrate webOS with a marketable smartphone or tablet. That would be a neat trick.

I have a dream where WebOS smartphones and Touchpads share the same OS version. I think with Enyo that can be possible... in WebOS 4.0?

With Enyo, this argument is almost a mute point. With some tweaking to make UI elements scale for different resolutions (it already does to some degree) then you could almost rename webOS, "EnyoOS". In fact, Enyo is probably a bigger IP than webOS at this point.

Enyo itself is a moot point. There are already much more mature frameworks out there for building mobile apps (even across platforms).

The two most popular:
1. Appcelerator
2. PhoneGap + (Pick your framework, usually Sencha Touch or JQ Touch)

I suppose if you're only developing for webOS Enyo is the best choice. On the other hand, a dying platform renders a development environment specific to said platform rather useless.

Oh Lord taharka you couldn't be more wrong. Check out the Android development forums sometime. The folks there are begging HP to bring Enyo to other platforms. I'm not a huge fan of it personally but from experience its universally accepted as a superior development platform. I still find it rather confusing but just stating facts from my experience in other development forums.

Sorry, but a few techies asking for Enyo is not the same as the thousands of developers (myself included) that are making use of the aforementioned cross-platform tools on a daily basis. It's just not the same thing at all.

Out of curiosity, how is something "universally" accepted as superior when it is relatively unknown by the vast majority of would be users (read: "mobile developers")?


my guess is that they're polishing webOS to increase their chance of finding a buyer for it. i can understand them maintaining the OS to keep the users happy, but adding new features makes no sense unless they're trying to increase the sale value or revive hardware (and the latter is never going to happen IMO).

Well, germboy developed Bad Kitty - maybe he's working on that aspect of Synergy?



my guess is that they're polishing webOS to increase their chance of finding a buyer for it. i can understand them maintaining the OS to keep the users happy, but adding new features makes no sense unless they're trying to increase the sale value or revive hardware (and the latter is never going to happen IMO).