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Quick App: PopupCalc

by Derek Kessler Thu, 08 Sep 2011 3:28 pm EDT

There are some great things afforded by the HP TouchPad by webOS 3.0. High up on our list are the more interactive notifications, which allow us to do things like triage through our emails and messages. But notifications don’t really make much use of the bigger screen for more widget-like behavior.

We now have our first app that does: the $0.99 PopupCalc by Hominid Software. PopupCalc places a block in your notification dashboard with a button that you can tap on to open a pop-over calculator. And by “pop-over,” we mean a calculator that stays persistently over the screen, allowing you to type, browse, and multitask to your heart’s content. Dismissing it is as simple as pressing the home button.

It’s the kind of simple an unobtrusive multitasking that we love about webOS, and the way that it’s structured we can’t help but wonder what other widget-like wonders might be possible with this architecture. Weather radar? A mini Twitter browser? Persistent timers? It’s a brave new world of webOS pseudo-widgets.

Via: PreCentral Forums; Thanks to iHagster on Twitter for the tip!