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PreCentral: Switching to Android? It'll probably feel familiar

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#1 NewsDummy


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Posted April 02, 2013 - 07:00 PM

Switching to Android? It'll probably feel familiar

Last month we showed you how - if you want to - to make an iPhone look and behave more like webOS. We know that not everybody's going to stick with webOS through the very thin times ahead, and we don't blame you. For most of us, smartphones are tools. They're tools that we need to function and to keep up with our ever evolving needs.

There's no guarantee that webOS is going to do that, with the last official updates well over a year in the past and progress on porting Open webOS to new hardware understandably a slow endeavour. The iPhone is a legitimate contender for switching, but making iOS be more like webOS is a project in and of itself. And while there are benefits to the locked-down nature of the iPhone, those of us that have been homebrewing on webOS for years now might not be comfortable in that arena. But what about our open source Linux-based cousin, Android? Well, that's a mighty bit easier.

Turns out, Android actually has a lot in common with webOS right out of the gate. That's in no small part to Google's successful poaching of former webOS design lead Matias Duarte. He brought a lot of his design mojo to Android, implementing a lot of what we've come to love about webOS into Android. But it's different, and that takes some getting used to.

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