HP’s New Mobile Operating System- LEAKED!
We’ve waited long enough and now are able to catch the first glimpse of Hewlett-Packard’s next mobile operating system, WebOS 3.0 Beta 1. Thanks to a recent leak of the webOS 3.0 emulator we can get a feel for what this operating system will be all about. To start off, like all other operating systems you will have a basic homescreen that just contains your wallpaper. To access your applications, you can use the arrow/home key at the bottom right to bring up a tabbed launcher. When the user chooses to rearrange any apps they will feel as though they are navigating through Apple’s iOS.
Tapping on the device menu in the top right corner allows the user to view the battery percentage, brightness, VPN options, Airplane Mode, Rotation Lock and the Mute feature. Users will be able to see the notification area at the top of the screen rather than the bottom of the screen, a minor change. When you launch the browser, you will be thrown to a blank search screen with your bookmarks just a tap away.
The Calendar app in webOS 3.0 contains a clean interface that includes the desktop calendar and a color-matched list of your calendars. Aside from a few minor changes, the new Calendar app is much the same as the one in webOS 2.0. On the bottom of the e-mail app you have three buttons; compose, refresh, and a checkbox icon mass edit. The mass edit is new for this flavor of webOS, allowing you to select multiple messages to add flags, move, or delete. On the Maps app, you will find a search bar with buttons to open up your preferences or bookmarks, the rest of the screen space is for the map itself. If you tap on the search bar, a virtual keyboard is brought up so you can type a search term. The search function in webOS is powered by Bing, so for all you Google fans out there, we are sorry.
If you have the desire to change a previously written memo with the app open, simply tap the Edit button in the top right corner to delete or rearrange your memo. The music app in webOS 3.0 is similar to a desktop music player, giving you the ability to sort your library, create and edit playlists, and have your typical forward, back, play/pause buttons, a long scrubber bar to skip to a certain point in the song, repeat, shuffle, volume, and a full-screen button. If it sounds full featured, that’s because it is. In terms of productivity, users will be able to use QuickOffice to create and edit documents necessary for work and play. All in all, I will be excited to see WebOS 3.0 launch this Summer on new HP tablets and smartphones and wish them the best of luck in competing with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.