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by Ryan St. Andrie Sun, 22 Apr 2012 8:24 pm EDT

WebCM9 makes Android feel a little more like home

Despite Matias Duarte's hard work to duplicate the awesome multitasking found in webOS, Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' still seems to come up short! To say that the card metaphor found in webOS nailed mobile multitasking would be a huge understatement. Some would argue that it perfected it. All webOS love set aside, many of you have loaded Android onto your TouchPad in order to enjoy the many creature comforts that Android has to offer - like Netflix and Draw Something. Don't worry, we aren't judging (much). However, you still find yourself yearning for some good ol’ fashioned webOS esque card swiping even when using Android. The gestures are a hard habit to break, and for good reason (being that they rock). To soothe your wanting fingers, there's WebCM9.

WebCM9 is a neat little mod for a couple of TouchPad ROMs that changes the current task switcher found in Android 4.0 to a webOS-style task switcher. Yep, it's cards on Android. WebCM9 currently supports CM9 Official Nightly 2/28-3/09, 3/12-3/19, and 4/04-4/12; AOKP (Build 28, 29, and 31; and Milestone 4); and CM9 Alpha 2 ROMs (if you followed the instructions linked above, you've got CM9 Alpha 2 installed). WebCM9 isn't guaranteed to work on any other Android ROMs, and the developer doesn't recommend you try, unless you're willing to deal with the potential consequences.

Installation is straightforward enough and is accomplished via Clockworkmod Recovery. Once installed you can further tweak out the settings of this mod with the Task Changer Pro app found in the Google Play Market. If you would like an in depth walkthrough on both WebCM9 and Task Changer Pro webOS Nation forum member ncinerate has done a very nice job of giving a step by step breakdown of the whole process that is bound to help even the most lost and confused of Android hacking hopefuls.

So there you have it folks! You can have it both ways on your TouchPad. webOS cards in webOS, and webOS cards in Android. Sure, it's not the same as being able to run those apps in webOS, but it's better than nothing. If anything, webCM9 makes using Android feel a little bit more like home to webOS users. And of course, our thanks go out to Dubi, Pacosal, Bboyairwreck, Brucekey, Tbob18, and everybody else who helped make webCM9 a reality.

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If someone does a video review i might try it out. I want to stay a Webos purest, but if I had to use android this would be it

It is the same as being able to run those apps in webOS, but it's better than nothing. If anything, webCM9 makes using Android feel a little bit more like home to webOS users. Solo Property Estate Agents Exeter

Thanks so much for posting this guys!

I tried this and got rid of it. The default way is much better than swiping through these blocks. I am tired of Android and WebOS now though. IOS is where it is right now.

Then save your breath and get an iPad.

I think the ICS task switcher is even faster to use than webOS' cards...

Anyone have updates on the Android Compatibility Layer for WebOS??

I was all giddy about this when I first tried it a couple of weeks ago until I realized that its really not much different than what Android already has. Android's recent apps go vertical and webCM9 goes horizontal. And thats really all there is to it. OK, it looks like cards woohoo, but usability wise, I'm just gonna stick with the stock. Nice work from these dovs tho, more options is always better.

Tried it and I had the 4th April nightly Cyanogenmod9 on my Touchpad. Went to the right zip file. It messed up ICS - no notifications, no bottom touchscreen buttons and the Task Changer Pro wouldn't even load, so couldn't get to the settings. Luckily there was an Uninstall zip on the webpage where I downloaded it from so it has now gone off my Touchpad. ICS has a decent switcher so will stick with that.

Unfortunately other than the look alike it's not really webOS cards. It's just a horizontal visual modification of the recently used apps. Which is more like the old palmOS than anything. Androids multitasking is not quite like webOS live cards either. While some apps will continue to run in the background. Other apps (quite a lot actually) suspend or save state and resume when they are the visible app (the one your looking at). In fact you have no guarantee an app will even remain open if it is not the visible app because Android is designed to auto kill apps for various reasons. The main one being low memory threshold. I'd much rather deal with the OS telling me you are running too much stuff close some apps you don't need (webOS) than the OS killing apps I needed to stay open and i end up having to redo stuff (Android). Even on a device with tips of ram Android does that poorly. I tried it out on a tablet. Opened about 6 or 8 tabs in Firefox. Switched to a small reference app like yellow pages. Went to go back to Firefox a minute later and Android had killed it. Which meant I had to wait for ask the tabs to reload after hitting the open all my tabs from my previous session. If it had remained open in the background i would not have had to do that. Firefox with that many tabs only uses 25 MB of ram and the device has 1 GB of ram so no logical reason Android should have killed it.

Bottom line is its no substitute for webOS but is a reasonable alternative until new devices are available to replace the old ones. I'm assuming at this point most remaining webOS users are using it on the touchpad. Or are the lucky few who got pre 3s. I want it on my smartphone and want to see it get all the stuff Android and iOS have over it in the app catalogs. Though the only for sure thing I need it to have I'd Firefox due to the cloud aspect it has for maintaining cross platform browsing unity experience.

StoneRyno: "...only for sure thing I need it to have I'd Firefox due to the cloud aspect it has for maintaining cross platform browsing unity experience."

Run Read It Later (Read Later) add on to Firefox on my PC and then use "ReadOn Touch" Preware mod to my Touchpad browser to achieve a good deal of unified browser experience. I regularly move from Pre2 to TouchPad to PC using ReadOn Touch and the Read Later service to defer or store articles I want to continue reading, reference or quote later.