…But Mr. Mercer insisted that WebKit would still leave WebOS underpowered relative to Apple’s software.
“If the bar is to build Cupertino-class software in terms of responsiveness and beauty,” he said, “WebKit remains not ready for prime time, because the Web cannot deliver yet.”
I liked WebOS, and even with the Pixi that I reviewed for Brighthand, I saw some of the speed issues. But, couldn’t deny that it was appealing. I felt like I was finally seeing the web being brokered into something more than speeds and feeds. And to some degree, that was the case. But, it was too far a push… for people, for developers (!!!), and for companies.
Nokia tried similar, though not as far reaching, with Widsets/WebRuntime widgets. I still love the idea. But yea, the web isn’t fast enough to be a compelling choice for this. Ok, not the web, WebKit… an engine used in (too) many mobile devices. It could be better. Maybe it should be. But if its true that a browser’s engine, if done well, could make the web a much more usable/connected/beautiful platform for all spokes in mobile, then maybe we see why its not been given that attention/fix at this point.
Shame that the beautiful stuff can’t also get beautiful attention and patience thrown at it. That ROI piece is a bugger.
I’d still rock a (GSM) Pre 2 or 3 as a backup just for kicks and a view of dreams that were aimed for, not just money grabbed at.