Tests showed webOS running twice as fast on an iPad than its native TouchPad

Tests showed webOS running twice as fast on an iPad than its native TouchPad
It seems like the mismanagement of webOS is something we'll be hearing about for a long time going forward. The webOS system has been celebrated by tech pundits and users, but just can't seem to find its way onto quality hardware with reasonable marketing and support behind it. WebOS started out life on dying Palm hardware running on the bottom tier US carrier, Sprint. Out of death, it was bought by HP and put on the TouchPad, which we knew wasn't the best hardware, but it may have been worse that even we expected. 

TheNextWeb is reporting now that HP tested webOS on an iPad 2, and it ran "twice as fast" on the iPad than on the TouchPad. It's unclear exactly how the testing was done, or how the conclusion was reached as it seems devs tested webOS framework Enyo apps on the iPad, and also tested the full OS on the iPad. Still, it has been confirmed by webOS developers that they were forced to scale back features, and not innovate too far because the TouchPad hardware was so slow and had so many restrictions. 

It's always sad to see promising software mismanaged, and never find a hold, but at the very least we can hope that Matias Duarte can bring some of the webOS magic to Android. 

source: TheNextWeb

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1. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I want to see a video

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i hope RIM is paying attention.....

5. Artax

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

The Playbook is pretty blazing fast man. It just doesn't have enough apps or the Mail, Notes, Calendar stuff... sigh. RIM's problem wasn't hardware like the HP Touchpad.

3. scorpio85

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 16, 2010

Wow nice little jab to Sprint, Phonearena. Sprint did amazing with the 700p, 755p, and Centro.

4. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

It's not a jab at Sprint. Verizon and AT&T are clearly the top carriers in the US, and Sprint and T-Mobile are the lower rung. Doesn't mean we don't love the cheaper plans and good phones the lower rung offers!

10. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

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6. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

The problem is that webOS was marketed so badly when it came out. They advertised it as a smart phone "smart enough for women." That's extremely insulting to women and turns any tech-lovers away. Especially when other devices like the iPhone and Android phones were marketed towards everyone. Palm also gave the Pre and Pixi tiny little screens, if they were smart they would of made it 3.5 inches at the least as the iPhone set the standard for touchscreen size. I really liked webOS, but it was managed so poorly that I couldn't see myself buying it. webOS was dead on arrival, they had something good and didn't know what to do with it.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

The problem with the Pre, and WebOS was the old legacy hard ware design.....period. That piss poor small ass screen did it in. If Palm had made a 4" screen in candy bar form factor that was all touch they would have been great. Old legacy Palm owner, and executives F the design to try to keep the old Palm look and feel. I really liked the screen and the way it performed, but the damn screen was way too small. I think the screen barely made 2.75" This thing didn't launch with Sprint this time around and look again what happened. You cant blame Sprint for Palms failure. They built a device that had great soft ware, but terrible hard ware, and it seems they did it all over again. The reviews all say this very same thing.

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