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The webOS wish list: App Catalog changelogs

by Derek Kessler Thu, 19 Jan 2012 2:35 pm EST

With webOS going open source and HP redoubling their development efforts to support the endeavor, one might look to their phone or tablet and suddenly start seeing areas in which webOS could be improved. There are wholesale changes and additions that could be made to the OS or small tweaks to a particular part of a specific app or even alterations made to the back-end services that uses don't see. So we thought we'd actually go and take a look at where those alterations could be made - it's the webOS wish list.

There's something that's baffled both myself and a number of developers for some time. It's a changelog field in the App Catalog submission portal. Primarily it's there for HP's App Catalog reviewers so they know what to look at before approving an updated app for release. But it's also something that could come in quite handy to folks like you and me.

Preware already can read the changelog field for these apps (assuming you've installed App Tuckerbox) and adding it as a space or even just a "new in this version" button to the App Catalog should be a huge deal, especially considering that the App Catalog can be updated independently of the OS. Some apps, like Glimpse by Inglorious Apps, keep the user updated on what's new in the latest version with notifications upon launch, and plenty more do a good job of updating the app description. But most don't, and I can't count the number of times I've downloaded an updated version of an app with no clue what's changed. Even if it's a minor bug fix I still want to know. I especially want to know if something is changed or if there's a new feature I should be aware of. Adding changelogs to the App Catalog - that's one way to do it.

Have your own thoughts on this wish list entry? Of course you do - the comments are below. Surely you have your own ideas as to what ought be on the webOS wish list, and so we've created a forum thread just for what is sure to be an awesome discussion.