webOS Weekly - July 31st, 2011
It's the last week in July, and you're probably wondering what the world of webOS has been up to while trying to round-off the month. This week we're taking a look at social networks, blogs, video sharing websites, and the PreCentral news stories to bring you a compilation of all of what's going on in the webOS community. If you have stories you'd like to share, leave them in the comments below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org - we'll be sure to get them in next time! Hit the break to read (and watch) more!
- The Pre 3 is starting to get some more attention in our news feeds. HP is getting ready for Pre 3 apps to start cropping up from the developer community, and are making an early-access emulator available next week for those devs to start working on. Meanwhile, TheAngelOfElysium has found a Pre 3 shaped virtual keyboard in the Enyo code for the TouchPad. Unfortunately, the talk about a Pre 3 on Sprint continues and is not looking good, as some talk leads us to think some very interesting things are going on.
- For the TouchPad, there is obviously still a lot going on. Yamgo Mobile TV is in the works for the TouchPad to allow for live TV streaming, and Advanced Browser has been released to bring a lot of great features to the webOS browsing experience. But new apps won't just be for US device owners here soon; the TouchPad is coming to several Asian-Pacific countries (plus Australia) next month and the app catalog will be opening up to drop some of those pesky geo-restrictions. Back in the US if you're looking to get some good discounts on the device, we've found some gret prices at Amaon, Costco and HP.com to help make your decision a little easier.
Around the Web
- The Linux Action Show is one of the more popular podcasts for linux-lovers on the web, and this week they've gone in-depth into the TouchPad's operating system, webOS 3.0. You can watch it on YouTube or listen directly on their website - either way you'll get some good geeky talk about webOS, and that's something we always enjoy.
- BestBuy's GeekSquad has released a new commercial for students getting ready to go back to school, and they clearly show off the HP TouchPad in some of the starting scenes. With a geek strapped to your back and an HP TouchPad in your hands, what else do you need when going back to school? Watch the video below:
- Aliyun OS by Alibaba is a new operating system for mobile devices, but it's got us tilting our heads sideways and giving it a double-look. From the images we've seen at Engadget, the new OS looks very similar in a lot of ways to the design choices of our beloved webOS. Sure there are differences, but take a look for yourself and let us know what you think.
- We think Steven DeWitt probably enjoys the interviews that he has been doing over the last month, because he just keeps doing them. In another interview with CRN, DeWitt says pretty much the same things that he's been saying from the beginning, just with a new audience (and that's always a good thing).
- According to the Innovators Network, and Chris Versace who is the Chief Analyst at Think 20/20 Research, developers should not be choosing to build apps for Google and iOS simply because those are the biggest players, they should look at other platforms as well as they begin to scale up. The video below gives some more information.
- John Kneeland from the Developer Relations team at HP's webOS GBU (formerly Palm) has dove into our community forums to talk with the people there about webOS meetups and events that will be coming up in the future. He talks about the new HP sponsored events that are managed by community members, the Meetup.com/hpwebos page that was recently created to become to home for all of those events, and asks for help from the people out on the front lines - you - to make future events a big success.
- WebOS Internals, who is the team behind many of our favorite homebrew patches and applications, has recently sent Rod Whitby to OSCON, an O'Reilly Conference in Porland, to give a presentation on HP webOS Homebrew. With the event now over and Rod back home in Australia, they can now share the presentation slides with the world, and you should check them out here.