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Throwback Thursday: How Palm’s webOS influenced iOS, Android, and Windows Phone

As a former Palm user, I was rooting hard for webOS to take off when it was launched in early 2009, and was prepared to ditch my iPhone in favor of the Palm Pre 3. But it was not meant to be, as HP purchased Palm in 2010, promised to implement a webOS everywhere strategy, only to dump it and kill off the entire Palm division the next year.

But the features pioneered in webOS — unified contact details and messages via Synergy, card-based multi-tasking, a unified notifications panel — live on in the dominant mobile operating systems today. iOS 7’s new multitasking feature is a clear nod to the webOS multitasking scheme, including the gesture of flicking the “card” up to quit an app.

Former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein reflects on how badly things went for Palm, and how things might have been, in this interview with Fierce Wireless.

Jason

Jason

Jason de Villa is teacher by day and a geek at all other times of the day. When he’s not teaching, he’s reading and writing about technology, looking for ways technology can help in education. His favorite noodles: Pancit Malabon Express.

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