As the internet reported earlier, the first official Alpha of the port of Android for the TouchPad has been released:
Now, its an alpha release (if you don’t know what that means definitely don’t install it) so not everything is working 100% but its a good start, so if you’re brave check it out
Sadly since I posted a work around to get the kindle app installed on a UK Touchpad the loophole has been patched, curses!
However some lovely person has made the app available
After downloading the above file, All you need to do is open up WebOS quick install with your TouchPad plugged in (if you havent got WebOS quick install setup follow points 2-4 on this post).
Then click the big + button, find the .ipk, click ok and then click install.
You now have installed the app on your new UK Touchpad!
Congratulations, you’ve bested hordes of other people and managed to grab a decent tablet for $99/£89!
Well its time to get introduced to WebOS, a different kind of mobile operating system. Different because, like you it can do more than one thing at a time.
What does that mean in reality? A simple example would is having a streaming music site like grooveshark or Turntable FM running in a browser and than launching a twitter App. In other tablet platforms, the music would stop as you had ‘switched tasks’, in WebOS the music will keep on playing.
What that means is that WebOS is more flexible as it allows you to do many things at the same time.
Opening, Browsing and closing apps
To run an App, bring up the launcher by clicking the launcher and touch the app you want to launch.
Managing currently running apps couldn’t be simpler simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen or push the button. This will bring you to the ‘card view’ which will enable you to swipe through your running apps, to select and fullscreen an app, just touch it.
If you want to kill an app just bring up the card view and swipe up, simple and effective!
These are short messages that tell you that something has happened, be it a chat message, email or a reminder that an app update is available. Unlike other systems, WebOS features non intrusive notifcations that wont interrupt what you are doing. In the top right hand corner is the notification area, this will contain any and all messages.
A notification will typically tell you what app it is from and contain a small message, to read a notification, simply touch it and to launch the app touch the notification again. Another helpful hint, if you have multiple notifications, for example multiple emails you can swipe through each email notification meaning that you can stay on top of your inbox.
If you have used any other mobile app store, this is much the same except the App store is called the App catalog. It does have one small difference, you can install multiple apps at the same time! Just click on each install button and away you go!
Keeping track of information is hard, in the real world I keep related items together, technology however seems to think that keeping related stuff sepearate is the way to go. Which is why Stacks is so refreshing, if you click a weblink in an email, it launches the web browser (so far so normal) but instead of containing the page within an app (ala iOS) it ‘stacks’ it on top of the email you are reading meaning that you dont lose track of it!
See that search bar at the top of the screen, if you touch it you can do the usual things of searching for emails, sites etc But you can also add other search engines, like wikipedia! If a website has a compatible search function, a small notification will pop up and you will be able to add it to Just Type. Another feature is quick actions, you can write emails, facebook and twitter status right from the Just Type bar, simply start writing and then click the appropriate app! Its a real time saver.
These are just some of the great features available in WebOS.
If you’re like me, you have just down laid down $99/£89 for a 16GB HP TouchPad, Now its a nice bit of kit for the price, just check out the specs of the nearest competition. Yes I know its an unfair comparison but hey, we WebOS fans need to find that silver lining somewhere right?
So a lot of you may be coming to WebOS for the first time, so welcome! But for you to get the best out of the device, I’m creating a series of posts entitled ‘Getting Started with your TouchPad’.
Now, at time of writing the UK app catalog still doesn’t have a Kindle app but the USA does fortunately! So the question is how do we get this killer app on to our UK TouchPads? This is where the beauty of the homebrew community comes in!
- First grab the kindle app http://www.megaupload.com/?d=6W2L9R12
- Next you need to grab a copy of WebOS Quick install from here
- Enable dev mode on your touchpad by going to the ‘Just Type’ Search bar and typing in this: upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart
- Launch WebOS Quick Install and make sure you install the ‘novacom’ drivers (this lets quickinstall talk to your TouchPad
- Click the + button and navigate to where you downloaded the kindle app, select and click ok
- Click install!