The webOS Wish List: Scrolling notifications 18
We took a bit of a break on the webOS Wish List to give HP a chance to put out Open webOS 1.0. Now that the open source operating system is out, we've seen a few of our wish list items incorporated, but by and large there hasn't been a large update to the structure or user interface of webOS. So, we're back at it with the webOS Wish List, because as awesome as webOS is, it can always be improved.
webOS has supported instant messaging and text messages since the very first day of release. While there have been some kinks that have been worked out along the way, the way that notifications are displayed for messages hasn't changes one bit since that first day. Your phone or tablet buzzes and bings and the notification area pops up (at least it does on a smartphone) with the ubiquitous talk bubble icon, the name of the messenger, and the first few words of the message. It's that way on an original Palm Pre running webOS 1.4.5, it's that way on a TouchPad running webOS 3.5, and if Messaging were part of the core apps released as part of Open webOS 1.0, we'd expect it to be the same way there too.
Thing is, that little snippet usually isn't enough. If somebody's sending me a quick "thank you", I'll see all of it, but if it's something longer, especially as is possible with instant messaging, that first thirty or so characters isn't necessarily enough. If it's a longer message I still want to know if it's going to be worth my time to bump over to the Messaging app to read it all and reply. Notifications form Messaging - in fact, notifications from all apps - could be improved by offering the option to have the text scroll through on first display. Buzz and beep, display the first few words for a second, and then scroll through the rest so I can see what it says. Simple, useful, and in the spirit of webOS, giving what I need without pulling me out of what I'm doing.
Have your own thoughts on this or any other webOS Wish List entry? We fully expect you to. That's why we have the comments, it's your place to say how right (or wrong) we are. And we have little doubt 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 that - and an awesome discussion it has proven to be.