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5 years ago

Switching to Android? It'll probably feel familiar

Switching to Android? It'll probably feel familiar

by Derek Kessler Tue, 02 Apr 2013 8:00 pm EDT

Switching to Android? It'll probably feel familiar

Last month we showed you how - if you want to - to make an iPhone look and behave more like webOS. We know that not everybody's going to stick with webOS through the very thin times ahead, and we don't blame you. For most of us, smartphones are tools. They're tools that we need to function and to keep up with our ever evolving needs.

There's no guarantee that webOS is going to do that, with the last official updates well over a year in the past and progress on porting Open webOS to new hardware understandably a slow endeavour. The iPhone is a legitimate contender for switching, but making iOS be more like webOS is a project in and of itself. And while there are benefits to the locked-down nature of the iPhone, those of us that have been homebrewing on webOS for years now might not be comfortable in that arena. But what about our open source Linux-based cousin, Android? Well, that's a mighty bit easier.

Turns out, Android actually has a lot in common with webOS right out of the gate. That's in no small part to Google's successful poaching of former webOS design lead Matias Duarte. He brought a lot of his design mojo to Android, implementing a lot of what we've come to love about webOS into Android. But it's different, and that takes some getting used to.

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5 years ago

Answer a phone call

Answer a phone call

by Adam Marks Mon, 01 Apr 2013 9:52 am EDT

Incoming call

All webOS smartphones are, at their core, a phone. So it's only fitting that you know how to answer a phone call when one is received or you will be unable to utilize one of the most basic functions of the device. And because answering a phone call is such an important feature, you are actually given quite a few different ways to perform this action. As long as you can hopefully remember at least one of these options, you should never have to miss answering a call. And keep in mind that certain models of webOS phones--such as those with a slide-out keyboard--give you even more options, so make sure you know exactly what your specific type of hardware is capable of when reviewing the different options below

  1. If you have a PIN or password set in the Screen & Lock app and you have currently passed the "Lock After" timeframe and you can an incoming call, the caller ID will display at the top of the screen with the caller's name and number, and you will have an Answer iconicon on the bottom of the screen. Just as when your phone is normally locked and you turn on the screen, just drag that icon up above the "Drag up to answer" line to answer the call or do nothing to ignore it.
  2. If you are currently using your phone or the password "Lock after" time has not been reached, then you should be presented with a notification on the bottom of the screen with the caller ID info and then two buttons: a green button to answer and a red button to ignore the call. Just tap the green button to answer. Note that if you swiped up from the notification area to minimize it, just can still tap on the notification the dashboard to answer the call
  3. For those phones with a slide-out keyboard, which would include any of the phones in the Pre-series or the Veer, you can also slide open the keyboard to answer the call. No fumbling with on-screen buttons necessary
  4. Finally, if the phone is Touchstone-enabled and is currently charging on a Touchstone when a call is received, you simply need to pick up the phone from the charging dock to answer the call.

And don't forget that you always silence or ignore an incoming call by pressing the power button once or twice, respectively, if you do not want to actually answer the call. Also, if you have your phone paired with an HP TouchPad and set up to receive phone calls, you will get a similar option at #2 above where you just have to press the green answer button in the phone call notification to answer it.

5 years ago

Remove tap ripple (LunaCE)

Remove tap ripple (LunaCE)

by Adam Marks Fri, 29 Mar 2013 4:49 pm EDT

This tip is only for HP TouchPads running webOS 3.0.5 and LunaCE 4.9.5 or higher

LunaCE TweaksEver since the original Palm Pre was released running webOS 1.0.1, any time you tapped on the screen of a webOS device you would see a "tap ripple" animation to indicate the location of your tap. While it may be nice to know where you tapped on the screen, it can also cause a slight bit of lag on your device, especially in high frame-rate PDK applications. Unfortunately, you have never had any control over the presence of the tap ripple until the release of LunaCE for the HP TouchPad, the homebrew update for the TouchPad by WebOS Ports based off the Open Source "webOS Community Edition" (not to be confused with Open webOS). With a simple toggle in the homebrew Tweaks application, you can now turn the ripple on or off at will.

Note that LunaCE is currently in beta so you will need to go through the process to set-up the beta feeds in Preware, which can be found at testing.preware.org. In addition, you will need to have Tweaks installed on your TouchPad to toggle this new feature. Once you have both of them installed, you just need to go to the "Gestures" section of Tweaks and toggle "SHOW TAP RIPPLE" to NO to turn off the tap ripple.

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5 years ago

It's Easter Weekend. Save 15% on All webOS Accessories!

It's Easter Weekend. Save 15% on All webOS Accessories!

by webOS Nation Store Fri, 29 Mar 2013 2:45 pm EDT

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5 years ago

Prevent autodial with No Call patches

Prevent autodial with No Call patches

by Adam Marks Wed, 27 Mar 2013 5:15 pm EDT

This tip is only for webOS phones running webOS 2.1 and higher

No Auto call PatchesWhenever you tap a phone number within webOS, be it from a contact record, a missed call notification or the call log, the phone app will automatically load up and dial that number for you. While this may be a convenient feature to quickly dial that number, it can also lead to some accidental (and potentially awkward) situations for when you didn't intent to call that person.  Luckily, homebrew developer Herrie has created a trio of patches that will interrupt this process and instead of actually dialing the number, it will just prefill the number into the dialer.  You will still need to press the big dial button in the Phone app to initiate the call, and you can even edit the number before calling if you need to. 

Just install any or all of the "No AutoDial from Contacts", "No Missed Call Callback" or "No Autodial from Call Log" patches from Preware or webOS Quick Install and you should be good to go. Just remember that any time you try to dial a number, even if it's from a Just Type search or by using speed dial, you will still need to press that call button. That extra step takes some getting used to, as you will find yourself immediately putting the phone up to your ear after tapping a phone number and realize that your ear or cheek has continued to dial additional numbers.

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5 years ago

Best Buy offering prepaid Verizon Palm Pre 2 contract-free for $51.99

Best Buy offering prepaid Verizon Palm Pre 2 contract-free for $51.99

by Derek Kessler Tue, 26 Mar 2013 5:17 pm EDT

Best Buy offering prepaid Verizon Palm Pre 2 contract-free for $51.99

If you're looking to cut costs on your cell phone contract and maybe upgrade from a beaten old Pre or Pre Plus, you might want to turn some attention to Best Buy and Verizon, as they have a Verizon Palm Pre 2 available contract-free for Verizon's prepaid system for the low low price of just $51.99. That sort of rock-bottom pricing doesn't come around often, even for two-year-old long-canceled smartphones like the Pre 2.

There's no immediate indication that this Pre 2 is locked into only Verizon's prepaid service. Verizon actually allows you to bring any Verizon device onto prepaid, and there's nothing about this phone that says it wouldn't work the other way around too. Considering that these Pre 2 smartphones are likely excess stock that Big Red has been trying to unload for the better part of a two years, there likely hasn't been any reprogramming to lock them onto prepaid either. Verizon just wants them out of the warehouse, and Best Buy is all too happy to oblige.

Prepaid service for a smartphone like the Pre 2 through Verizon will run you $60 a month for unlimited talk and text with 500MB of data, while another $10 will net you a 2GB data allotment. Not only is the $51.99 Pre 2 through Best Buy the cheapest smartphone offered for Verizon prepaid, it's a damn good price if you were looking to pick up a spare device or two should things go south with your current webOS smartphone.

We'd actually say, if not for the fact that it comes with minimal support from HP and app developers, it'd qualify by far as the best smartphone offered on Verizon prepaid, either directly from the carrier or Best Buy. The other smartphones? The Samsung Illusion, running Android 2.3 under curved glass (while the Pre 2 went away from curved surfaces); the HTC Rhyme, notable as HTC's edearingly foolish attempt to create a smartphone "for women" with a silly "Charm Call indicator" meant to hang out of your purse and flash purple when you've got alerts, and the not-that-old-but-still-old-school BlackBerry Curve 9310. Against this motley crew, the Verizon Palm Pre 2 almost stands out as a value superstar.

5 years ago

Debug 11: Don Melton and WebKit

Debug 11: Don Melton and WebKit

by Rene Ritchie Tue, 26 Mar 2013 9:55 am EDT

Debug 11: Don Melton and Safari

Don Melton, former Engineering Director of Internet Technologies at Apple, talks to Guy and Rene about assembler on the Apple II, open-sourcing Mozilla, building Nautilus, creating WebKit and the Safari browser, teaching bears to dance, and cleaning cusses from code bases.

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5 years ago

Prevent vibration or sound when sending a message on the TouchPad (homebrew)

Prevent vibration or sound when sending a message on the TouchPad (homebrew)

by Adam Marks Mon, 25 Mar 2013 6:37 pm EDT

This tip is only for the HP TouchPad running webOS 3.0 or higher

No vibrate/sound on message send patchThe Messaging app on the HP TouchPad allows you to consolidate all your instant messaging needs into a single app, even including text messages received from a paired cell phone. As you would expect, any time you receive a new message that TouchPad will notify you, either by a vibration or by playing a sound, depending on your sound or notification preferences. However, there is one annoying quirk of the app in that any time you send a message, it will also make a vibration or a sound.  There is really no good reason for this, as you would already know that you were sending a message and wouldn't need an alert for it.

In typical webOS community fashion, the homebrew community--specifically homebrew-extraordinaire Jason Robitaille--created a simple patch to prevent the TouchPad from alerting you whenever you send a message in the Messaging app. Just install the "No vibrate or sound on messaging send" patch from Preware or webOS Quick Install and you will never be annoyed by those unnecessary alerts again!
 

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