webOS - Amazing Operating system needs more apps!
The HP Touchpad was released to the market in 2011, and was simultaneously praised and criticized by both technology journalists and consumers. Over the following months many of the shortcomings were addressed, with the exception of one very significant issue – the selection of apps. Although the HP App Catalog contains thousands of apps available for purchase and free to download, a number of high profile apps were missing, and the premature cancellation by HP of webOS hardware production pretty much ensured that those apps would never be made available for webOS.
What about Dual-booting?
As a workaround, many Touchpad owners have resorted to installing Android on their devices, dual booting into Android when they wanted to access unavailable apps, then returning to webOS for its unique user interface, powerful multitasking features, and its impressive Synergy email client, which even now remains superior to those from iOS and Android.
Our Fundraising Goal - $35,000 There’s a lot of work to be done, but together we have the technology, we have the engineers, we have the determination, and with the community’s backing we will have the funding to finally address the Touchpad’s “App Gap” and give its owners the total experience they’ve been waiting so long for. Our fundraising goal is $35,000, which will keep development at full speed so we can have this great application completed and rolled out to you in July. We’ll welcome any contribution, large and small – even if you don’t have a Touchpad we’re inviting you to contribute anyway to a project that is going to certainly breathe a lot of new life into our struggling platform. Should we surpass our funding goal, we will gladly invest in programs, development, and future updates. We are in the business of developing and promoting the webOS platform, and if you are a webOS fan, we definitely have something great in the pipeline coming up for you!
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Thanks everyone! Click and contribute, and if you can’t contribute, spread the word around and share the campaign link like crazy! We’re really excited to be working on it, and are looking forward to great things for webOS, so let’s all pool our resources and make it happen together. Thanks from me, and on behalf of the dozens around the world who are part of the PIC team.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge we have to face is one that is common to many software projects. Software development is an intricate business, and ideas and approaches which look great on paper and on the whiteboard do not always work out the way one intends.
Fortunately however, this project is not starting from scratch. As shown in the video demonstration, a functional proof-of-concept alpha version has already been created and tested on actual HP Touchpads, and the tasks involved in completing the software and readying it for consumer use are well defined and clear. Furthermore, our plans include conducting a fairly extensive beta test aimed at uncovering hidden bugs and ensuring that maximum compatibility and performance is achieved.
As such, we are confident that the software will be completed as promised and we will be able to release the finished application to the market in July 2013.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Apps
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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