The webOS Wish List: A unified Preferences app
If there's one thing to like about iOS, it's that all of your preferences and settings are accessible through one app: Settings. It's, at least in my mind, poorly organized and hit-or-miss with third party app settings (that's an iOS rant all its own), but it's all there. If there's any one thing about webOS that drives this blogger crazy, it's that webOS splits managing your settings and preferences in no fewer than eighteen different apps, which on every webOS device I own usually end up with a launcher page dedicated to themselves (and a handful of similar-purpose homebrew apps). Sure, you can open them up in multiple cards, but how often do you really need to change your wallpaper, connect to a new Wi-Fi network, and manage your Text Assist shortcuts at the same time?
The webOS team tried to solve this before. In fact, they were well on their way with the very first TouchPad beta emulator, which contained a combined preferences app title System Preferences. It was pretty rough, clearly a cobbled-together app that literally had the code of the old webOS smartphone preferences apps injected into it, but it worked, and it was pretty webOS-like in its behavior. But, alas, System Preferences as a combined app never made it past the first beta, and those eighteen- individual apps still take up an entire launcher page. With 9.7-inches of real estate to work with, there's no reason that a unified Preferences app wouldn't work - especially since every one of the individual apps is designed so that it takes up less than 500 pixels.
Have your own thoughts on this webOS Wish List entry? Of course you do - the comments await. Without a 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.
Edit: For clarification's sake, this is about system settings, like Sound Settings, Bluetooth, and the like. Individual apps would still have their own preferences in app. That only makes sense.