HP's webOS to Be Contributed to Open Source Community
Updated: added reference to Enyo
HP today announced the fate of its beleaguered webOS smartphone platform: it will be contributed to the open source community, along with the Enyo application framework. HP said it will remain an active participant in the development and of the operating system, saying that there is plenty of opportunity to improve webOS. HP said that it will make the underlying code of webOS available under an open source license to whomever wants to use it. Henceforth, developers, hardware manufacturers and others can continue to work on webOS and update it as necessary. "webOS is the only platform designed from the ground up to be mobile, cloud-connected and scalable," said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer in a prepared statement. "By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices." HP acquired webOS when it bought Palm in 2010. It released several webOS devices, most recently the TouchPad tablet, before deciding in August to cease all further development of smartphones and tablets.
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But unless some company wants to make a massive, risky gamble, I doubt any company will invest in this enough to make on ongoing series of successful products. Especially when it's not clear how the platform will move forward and keep pace with other mobile OSes. I don't trust HP to steward webOS going forward, and I don't think anyone else does, either.
It's great that they're open-sourcing it. Perhaps some programmers out there can get some great ideas for innovations on other projects, but as a platform for commercial products, I think webOS is as dead as Symbian at this point.
Realistically though, with the way Palm and HP have been managing it there wasn't much hope from the start. At ...
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Opening it up to the open source community at least gives it a fighting ...
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