webOS Weekly August 28th, 2011 | webOS Nation

webOS Weekly August 28th, 2011

by Tim Stiffler-Dean Sun, 28 Aug 2011 5:00 pm EDT

It's time for another webOS Weekly, where we bring you all of the latest news and community projects from the last week. If you have a story that you would like to see feature, either in the video update or in the article that follows, send an email to tim@precentral.net and we'll be sure to show it to our readers next week. Keep reading after the break to see what happened this past week in the world of webOS.

Latest News

  • After HP decided to stop all webOS hardware production, the community was in an uproar at the company and wondering what would happen to webOS next. Luckily for us, we have a Derek Kessler leading our army here, and in his State of the webOS Nation, he lays out a plan to fight for the future of webOS, no matter what that might take. The webOS.O.S. campaign has launched and people are joining the cause to spread the word about webOS (with cool wallpapers), support their developers and urge HP to make some smarter decisions in the very near future.
  • While HP was upating the app submission process for developers to now include Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong to the list of applicable countries where their apps can be downloaded, we've also seen the first unboxing of the 64GB White HP TouchPad through one of our forum members. We may never actually get to use one of these panda-like devices ourselves, but we definitely will be able to see QuickOffice Document Editing come to all current TouchPad owners in the next week, so keep your eyes peeled.

Around the Web

  • It's not just the PreCentral team that has been writing to encourage the hundreds of thousands of new webOS users, but it almost seems like the entire internet is full of articles about why webOS can still succeed, even with so much doom looming overhead. Geoff Gauchet is an app developer that has built some of the best apps in the catalog, and his recent blog post sends an encouraging message to developers - keep building apps, it might be more worth it now than ever before.
  • The music player on the TouchPad might be great for most users, but some of us want a little more control on how it looks and acts. Once Hedami's Music Player Remix comes out for the TouchPad, as shown in the screenshot below, we'll get exactly that, and a whole lot more.

  • To give you an idea of how many new users there truly are, our own Community Forums have been more active than ever before, with more than 10,000 active users all logged in at one time over the last week. With nearly 3 Million posts and plenty more coming, the forums are a great place to get started with the community and learn more about your webOS devices.
  • KarenL from twitter sent this tip in. The webOS community has always been one to work with younger developers and tech enthusiasts in a way that other platforms have not, and with their latest podcast about HP's decision with webOS hardware, the three young guys in the video below will get a bit of that attention as well. It's always fun to hear what the next generation thinks about companies and corporate decisions, so enjoy the Techno Rocket Podcast and let these three new podcasters know what you think in the comments.


  • iPad owners coming over to the world of webOS might be confused about how to "Jail Break" their new TouchPad, since it is incredibly more simple (and safer) to do than installing Cydia is on the fruity-device. On YouTube, iCrackUriDevice has uploaded a video tutorial on how to install Preware and get that homebrew-goodness on your device without any complicated steps or risk of bricking your TouchPad. 
  • If you're looking for webOS apps to add to your TouchPad, and our list or HP's 6-pack giveaway wasn't enough for you, watch this video by LearningWithCooking to see 10 free apps for the HP TouchPad that you absolutely want to get. He gives a few good options and runs through the major features. 
  • It's not just webOS users that want the platform to succeed. On Twitter, Kevin Francis is one more many people who want to see the platform grow, even if they aren't using a webOS device. Can you guess what platform is sporting the webOS.O.S. wallpaper below?

  • If you want to see what else the community is doing to support the platform, head to Twitter and do a search for #webOSOS to see pictures, videos, links and conversations about the future of the mobile operating system. There is always a lot going on in the Twitter community, so be sure to join in and follow the PreCentral team as we bring the conversation out into the public web.
  • Lastly, if you're still looking to buy an HP TouchPad somewhere, you might want to try your hand at eBay, where this gem is being sold for nearly $100,000!