Pebble recruits former webOS designers for next-gen smartwatches

Despite its experience and notoriety, Pebble faces some serious competition in the smartwatch business. Major tech companies like Samsung and Google are stepping up their offerings, longtime watch veterans are getting involved, and who knows what Apple has planned.

With that in mind, Pebble has recruited some significant talent to help it forge its next generation of its smartwatches. According to a report from The Verge, the company has picked up two designers from LG, who were instrumental in creating webOS TV, as well as webOS...

LG buys WebOS from HP to use in future smart TVs

The 2013 Mobile World Congress (MWC) officially kicked off in Barcelona this weekend, meaning you should prepare for an onslaught of device announcements and other mobile news over the next few days.

In fact, LG has kicked things off already by dropping a bombshell today. The South Korea-based electronics giant has apparently purchased WebOS from Hewlett Packard, and plans to use it in future products...

Opera Ice: a new WebKit-based mobile web browser

In a move to stay relevant in the mobile space, Opera will be unveiling an all-new web browser for Android and iOS next month. The client will be based on WebKit, and will focus on hiding the technology as much as possible, while embracing rich applications.

Of course, Opera already has a browser on iOS. But this new one, dubbed 'Opera Ice,' will be much different. Like a lot of apps these days, Ice's UI is button-less, and all major functions are controlled by gestures. We've got a video of it in action after the fold...

CardSwitcher 2.0 now available on Cydia


An exciting update to CardSwitcher has been issued on Cydia. If you remember our initial walkthough of the tweak, CardSwitcher is an alternative multitasking solution for iOS devices.

This latest update was totally rewritten for iOS 5, and includes live application views, updated swipe gestures, and a new grid mode aimed at iPad users.

Would you consider using the new and improved CardSwitcher? If so, you can find it on Cydia's BigBoss repo for $1.99, but it's a free update for existing customers.

HTC Considering webOS Purchase to Compete Directly with Apple

You might not know it, but HTC (High Tech Computer) has been around for more than a decade. In its earlier years, the company produced smartphones sporting older versions of Windows Mobile OS.

With the rise of Android in 2009, HTC started to focus on the up-and-coming OS. The move has helped grow the company exponentially over the last few years. In 2010, it also joined in on the Windows Phone 7 party.

But the landscape has changed in the mobile OS industry over the last several months. Microsoft and Nokia have announced a strategic partnership, and then there was Google's Motorola purchase. So where does that leave HTC?

CardSwitcher: webOS Style Multitasking on the iPhone

Were your heartstrings torn when HP pulled support for webOS? Do you have a dozen $99 TouchPads hoarded in your closet for a rainy day?

If any of that sounds familiar, I just might have something that'll snap you out of your webOS deprived funk. It's called CardSwitcher, and it's a new jailbreak tweak that brings webOS' card based multitasking to jailbroken iPhones...

HP Was Testing webOS On An iPad, And It Ran as a Web App

In a recent report from The Next Web, it's unveiled that HP tested webOS on the iPad. Yesterday, HP announced that it would be killing the webOS platform.

HP tested webOS as a web app on the iPad. In HP's testing, webOS ran up to twice as fast on the iPad than it did on the TouchPad. HP tested webOS on the iPad because it believed that its current hardware was too slow for the webOS platform...

HP Killing All webOS Devices, Another One Bites the Dust

In what some would call a totally insane move, HP has announced that it will be discontinuing its line of webOS devices, most notably the newly-released TouchPad tablet. HP bought Palm and the webOS platform last year for $1.2 billion.

While this doesn't immediately effect Apple, it is interesting that one more iPhone/iPad competitor has bit the dust. Who will be left standing this time next year?

Two WebOS 2.0 Features that I Want for iOS 4

HP has just announced some new features for their 2.0 release of the recently acquired WebOS.  Some of them just seem to be playing catch-up with iOS 4.

There's also the infamous claim of "true multitasking."  We'll see.  But there's two features that I think would be awesome on the iPhone and I would love to see appear in Cydia (soon please!)...