Frequently Asked Questions
The ACL software actually needs to be optimized for the hardware it is running on, so this software release will only be for the Touchpad. Depending on the response to this campaign it is possible that we could consider other projects for other webOS hardware devices, but Kickstarter's rules don't allow for making commitments regarding other projects in the future - so we can't really speak to that at this time.Last updated:
All great things take time. The project itself was put on hold for a good bit of time with the uncertainty of the future for the webOS platform. When PIC and OpenMobile started their collaboration for this project we wanted to make sure we had approval from previous parties that this wouldn't infringe on their rights. With that approval the available capital was invested into bringing this program to the public. We have experienced the alpha software that OpenMobile has completed and are reaching out to finish the product.Last updated:
Unfortunately it will not be possible to include Android 4 support in the initial release - the time frame and budget do not allow it. Currently however about 40% of Android users are still using older Android versions, and so very few apps require Android 4.x to function. We will be working on providing an optional upgrade very soon - our goal is to ensure that ACL users will not be left behind as more apps start to require it.Last updated:
All the money raised on Kickstarter will go towards the costs involved in developing the software and bringing it to the market and covering the costs of the rewards for our backers.Last updated:
All money over the goal will also go back into the project. Even after a piece of software is complete from a Features perspective, there are often ways that it can be improved, made more user friendly, etc - especially when we start getting feedback from users. Any extra money we raise will go towards doing that.Last updated:
Pricing has not yet been finalized, but it's fairly safe to say we expect it to be in the $20 to $35 range. I know you'd like to hear an exact price, but unfortunately there are still some details we are still working out. Once we've done that we will let you know right away.Last updated:
Yes, the software will come with the AppMall, a superstore which aggregates Apps from many independent App stores.
In addition to this, users will also have the ability to sideload AppsLast updated:
Independent App Stores might not have the apps I REALLY want - What if I want one of those big name app stores?
Not a problem. One of the major app stores - Amazon Appstore - is available for free download to anyone who wants to use it. It carries almost all the major apps, and once you've installed it on your Touchpad you will be able to get both free and paid apps from major developers. And they will install directly onto your Touchpad just as it does when you use the Appstore on an actual Android device. We've got you covered.
Ok everyone - here's a little information re the process of getting apps onto your devices with ACL, since we see there's still a bit of confusion out there. There are actually 3 options that you can use:
1) First off all, the software will come with an app superstore called the App Mall, which is an aggregation of apps from many separate app stores.
2) The ACL software also allows you to do what is called "side loading", where if you get the installation file for the App you wish to install, you can manually install it onto the Touchpad.
3) Because App stores are actually apps themselves, you can actually install a new App store through the side loading method mentioned in item 2. Once you have done that, you will be able to use that App store on your Touchpad in the same way that you use it on an Android device. You will be able to browse and download both free and paid Apps, and once you do that the app will be installed directly on to your Touchpad. Please see the following video for an example of how this is done using the Amazon Appstore
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