webOS Weekly - Finding Solutions 13
The webOS Community has seen quite a lot of activity over the last seven days, but we can't say that was unforeseen with all of the recent news that has been spilling into the feeds. We've seen several events go down, a few developers start getting their apps to the catalog, and have had a bit of fun with it all in the meantime. A lot of the stories this week come from people that are either looking for or have already found solutions to problems that they've been facing. Hopefully the community here will be able to help the rest.
There is always a lot going on in the community, though, and we can't keep track of it all. So if you see anything missing here that you think we should include next time, send us an email at email@example.com. Read more of this week's webOS Weekly just after the break.
Around the Web:
- What would be cooler than having the President of the United States using a webOS powered device? Talk about a big boost in world recognition of the brand. Jon Zilber at the official Palm blog is asking users to weigh in with what device they think HP should send to President Barack Obama to use as his main device. The question of whether the device will actually get to him remains a question, but it could be fun to see how it all plays out.
- Are you an app developer who is trying to debug styling problems with webOS 2.x emulators and are stuck? Since the Palm Inspector tool has actually ceased to work for 2.x emulators (for now), it can be a major problem for developers who need to find out the reason for various bugs in their apps. User Ian Beck has shared a way to be able to remotely debug your apps with Weinre, and gives a quick tutorial on how to get it all done in what may actually be a better way than the original.
- While Jim Dalrymple is of the opinion that RIM has blown their chances at success in the tablet market with their unfortunately sad reviews of the PlayBook, he is also asking that question that a lot of us are wondering ourselves: Will the HP TouchPad do what RIM could not and take back the market that Apple is currently dominating? Can webOS succeed where RIM failed? I guess that depends on what your definition of "fail" is, but we'll know the answer to that soon enough.
- Developer Geoff Gauchet gets down and dirty with the raw stats of smartphone users and the penetration of different platforms into the market to show that companies that develop only for iOS are shooting themselves in the foot. His argument, of course, is for more than just encouraging people to build for webOS, but it does speak to us closely here as well, so you should check it out.
- Since we keep hearing it in the comments, blog posts, tweets and press releases from HP that they are still in the process of filling a lot of positions at their HQ, it's a safe bet to assume that they are taking any and all applications from people who are interested in a position at HP. See if you qualify for any of the nearly 200 openings that they have listed on their website.
- It's surprising to think that there are still hardcore webOS fans that haven't installed Prewre or overclocked their devices, especially if they're running an original Sprint Pre. But @cyndypoon no longer finds herself in that strange demographic of people, thanks to @bemjb, and now has exactly what she needs to get herself homebrew-ified.
- @schmid7y has been hearing all the talk about webOS Meetups that are going on this month, and is wondering if anyone in the Phoenix, Arizona area might be interested in doing the same.
- One of the latest (and greatest) webOS Twitter apps has finally hit the catalog, and it's not a strange sight to see many webOS users rejoicing over the news. Unfortunately for some of us, the app isn't yet available in the catalog due to some bug, but for everyone else, @CarbonWebOS is finally here.
- When it comes to finding ideas for new features we'd like to see in later versions of webOS (or through patches), it's always through our extensive use of devices that we can give the best feedback. @acarback does that here as she wonders why she's not able to reset her launcher pages to a factory default to reorganize again.
- Even Android fans, like @Smartphoneblog, know that webOS has a lot of really great innovative ideas that come with it.
- Developing for webOS can be difficult when the userbase is so small, but that stumbling block gets even harder to overcome when you suffer a devastating blow in download numbers. Jonas Neubert could probably use a bit of encouragement, with only 3 downloads of his app in 3 weeks. But then, a lot of other developers could probably use that, too.
- Would you break a smartphone to have a reason to come to webOS? Trevor Wedding is certainly pondering it as he thinks about how much he misses his Palm Pre.
- It might still need a bit of work, but the Reality Gun app is a fun one that shows that webOS is more than capable of the similar apps we've seen on iOS (like those that allow fighting Tie-Fighters). The developers give a short preview here of what the app does, and it's not much, but we really hope that other developers will consider this concept with their own apps that will be coming this next year.
- If you were wondering how to manually change the HP boot logo for any device running webOS 2.1, matbct has given us a nice video tutorial of how to get the job done quickly. It's a very handy set of steps that will help make that device you're using just a bit more custom-built for you.
- We have another app preview video of something that we would like to see come to webOS, but this one is for the service PhotoFunia, which allows you to put any image into another in unique ways (like putting your mugshot on a billboard). It's still in beta, but it looks like fun, so hopefully it'll be coming soon.