HP’s TouchPad and Palm phones are dead, but webOS continues to enjoy some kind of existence as open-source technology. Following an initial beta release back at the end of August, Open webOS graduates to a 1.0 release today.
Announced via blog post, the new release offers some changes that the Open webOS team hopes will usher in major new capabilities for developers.
Open webOS 1.0 was released yesterday. And no, that is not an edition you can just download and install on anything. It is for developers, not for everybody – at least not yet. This is a milestone release in the short history of Open webOS, the open source edition of what used to be webOS, the operating system for the HP Touchpad and Pre and Pixi smartphones.
From LinuxBSDos.com.News flash: LG Acquires webOS from HP to enhance its line of Smart TVs.
Now we can ad LG to the list of companies that have been associated with the webOS, one of the more promising, but, so far, disappointing cross-platform operating systems.
Most of HP's webOS team, including Matt McNulty, head of the project, is moving to Google according to a report by The Verge citing several unnamed sources. The departing team is said to be almost wholly responsible for Enyo's code. Enyo replaced Mojo as webOS's software development kit in 2011. It is unclear what this move will mean to HP.
My ideal dream for this is to have WebOS running on my touchpad but able to run android software. I love how well WebOS runs but hate that there is no software and I haven't really been happy with my multi-boot android situation.
I wasn’t always the Android fanatic that I am today, I originally started as a strong supporter of webOS. When webOS died about a year ago, I was a little sad to see the card based OS go. Now it seems that webOS has found a comfortable home as an open source community project.
At Hewlett-Packard’s (NYSE: HPQ) Partner Conference last February, chief executive Meg Whitman didn’t directly defend the vendor’s addled WebOS, yet pointedly said she believed there was room for another, albeit open OS, on the mobile market.