Forget Android. Forget Windows Phone. Forget iOS, or Firefox OS or Jolla or whatever else. All there is is webOS. Yes, that’s right, webOS. The one OS that should have ruled them all, and yet never really had the chance it should have been given. A mobile operating system that I still think about to this day, and still want to use on high-end handsets like HTC’s One (M8), Apple’s iPhone 6 or Nokia’s Lumia 1020. webOS was far before its time, and this is when I wish the mobile market was like Hollywood. It’s time for webOS to get its reboot.
I’ll be perfectly honest with you: when LG picked up webOS, there was the briefest of moments there where I thought they’d be the manufacturer to bring the mobile operating system back into the limelight. It doesn’t even matter that, at the time, LG didn’t have a single handset out on the market that I was particularly fond of. I just wanted the software, and I was hoping that the Life’s Good crew would give it the attention it deserved.
Instead, they gave us TVs.
I’m still a little upset about that whole thing, but it is what it is. And, let’s face it, I’m still hoping I get my smartphone eventually. Yes, there’s the real likelihood that if webOS were to get reinvented for this day and age it would suffer the same shortcomings as Windows Phone, in that apps would be scarce compared to the other app stores, and even the ones that did make an appearance really wouldn’t be all that great. And I’m okay with that (in theory)! I just want LG to stop messing around with webOS TVs and give me a smartphone already.
Or, maybe a smartwatch.
This morning, my fellow editor Alex posted a story about LG’s secret webOS SmartWatch, a wearable that’s running LG’s current version of the once-mobile-now-TV system. With the tease, there was a glimpse of a round-faced watch, and LG would even include a software development kit for developers out there. So, both of those things are good news to me, and I’m suddenly okay with the idea of a smartwatch running webOS.
Which doesn’t really make any sense, other than the fact I just miss this operating system that much. webOS was a great alternative to Android and iOS back in the day, with its unique experience, and that’s what really made it stand out. And that’s great, even to this day. However, it would probably be a very different experience on a smartwatch, especially considering the usage patterns with a wearable are quite different than that of a smartphone. Though, swiping Cards away, or using the Wave Launcher on a touchscreen smartwatch would probably be pretty great, even with the limited display size.
At this point, I think it’s just basically that I want webOS back in my life, but in a mobile experience and nothing else. I don’t want it on a TV, and if I can’t have it on a smartphone (yet!?), then I’ll take it on a smartwatch. I’ll take what I can get when it comes to webOS, apparently. Yeah, it’s like that.