Villo says goodbye, leaderboard/chat/profile service shuts down 14
Last week saw the Google Voice webOS app Voogle shutting down, and this week we can add Villo Services to the "inactive" column. The service, conceived and built by Jordan Gensler and hosted by webOS World, launched in June of 2011, offering a variety of services to webOS app developers. Features included online leaderboards for games, cross-app user profiles, and push-notification chat, among other neat bits. Several webOS apps made use of Villo services, including fxspec06's Wild'n Video Poker, Ultimate Hockey by Point 3 Software, and the Apollo Pandora Radio TouchPad app, though none were wholly dependent on Villo. Gensler announced yesterday on Twitter that Villo would be shutting down "later this month", though we weren't expecting that to mean the nery next day.
In a way, Villo attempted to bring some of the features of Apple's iCloud and Game Center to bear on webOS, but thanks to a few seriously mitigating factors, webOS never really hit the critical mass level necessary to justify continuing to support the service. It's not surprising to see Gensler shutting down Villo, but we can't help but be saddened to see another facet of the webOS app ecosystem shutting down. Now we just need HP/Gram to step up and fill the gap with a robust solution.