HP's webOS to Be Contributed to Open Source Community
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 least under these new developments the underlying code and systems (which are quite good) can be put to good use innovating in other areas or providing inspiration for the community at large.
I know I said it over and over but I just wish Nokia would have purchased Palm and opted for webOS instead of WP7. Nokia makes quality devices and I think they could have given webOS the push it needed. I would have definitely bought a Nokia smartphone with webOS absolutely.
Is WP7 even doing well? MS is spending massive amounts of money pimping it but from my standpoint, it's still a hard sell. I know MS meant to simplify things with it's Metro UI but to me, it's just ugly, boring and not appealing...
Opening it up to the open source community at least gives it a fighting chance, which is something that it has never really had...
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