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PreCentral: Dock taking Exhibition-style Enyo to iPhone and Android


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#1 NewsDummy

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Posted April 02, 2012 - 06:30 PM

Dock taking Exhibition-style Enyo to iPhone and Android

Perhaps one of the coolest features webOS users have enjoyed since webOS 2.1 has been Exhibition mode. There is something inherently awesome about having your device do something useful during charging/idle time. When we set our Pre smartphones and TouchPads onto a Touchstone charger we have "at a glance information" of everything from news to weather to Twitter getting fed actively and passively to our glancing eyes. The rest of the world, meanwhile, has little to no relationship with their devices while they are charging. Their iPhones and Lumias and Droids just sit there and charge. That is about to change for our Exhibition-less fellow smartphone users, all thanks to one of our favorite webOS developers: Inglorious Apps.

Anyone familiar with Inglorious Apps' flagship TouchPad app Glimpse should recognize Dock immediately. Dock is basically just a repackaged version of Glimpse's Exhibition widgets, built for smartphones. The Enyo-based app allows you to view streaming stock market data, RSS feeds, your Google Reader headlines, Twitter and Facebook streams, the latest news, a clock, or the weather while your iPhone or Android device is idle. Unfortunately, thanks to the design of Android and iOS there is no way to have Dock automatically load when you plug in your smartphone to charge, so you'd have to get into the habit of manually opening it up upon plug-in (some Android devices may support opening Dock as part of a "dock mode" or "car mode", but there's no universal Android way to do it that we're aware of).

Even though Dock is a repurposing of bits from an Enyo app, it's the first Enyo app we've seen launch for non-webOS devices before webOS. Sure, you can buy Glimpse for your TouchPad and get these very same Exhibition widgets, but you can't do that on your webOS smartphone. Either way it is nice to see more Enyo goodness on other platforms and is a good indication of things to come with open webOS.

This neat little app is currently available in the Google Play store for $1.43 and is currently routing its way through the iOS App Store approval process (hopefully to not meet the same fate as Inglorious Apps' Glimpse port Panes for iPad). Don't have an iPhone or Android device but still want some Dock up on your Pre or Veer? Inglorious Apps may not have yet created a version of Dock for webOS phones, but says that if there is a big enough demand they'd be more than happy to submit it to the webOS App Catalog. The comments away for your display of "I want!" Also, you can check out an iPhone emulator video of Dock in action after the break.

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