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HP has officially released version 1.0 of Open webOS, the open source spinoff of its once-promising platform for mobile devices. The launch completes a nine-month roadmap traced by the company at the beginning of the year, with over 450,000 lines of code and 75 webOS components delivered in that time frame.
The folks at webOS-ports.org have already managed to port webOS to a Galaxy Nexus smartphone, although it’s not fully functional at this point and some work is required on the hardware acceleration front. Beyond smartphones and tablets, HP is billing webOS as a one-size-fits-all platform, which could be used in hotel kiosks or other customer service settings. Interestingly, HP has already made it clear that the Touchpad tablet, as well as the Veer and Pre3 smartphones won’t see direct support from Open webOS, though.
A future update will add things like Bluetooth support, multimedia playback, advanced network management, faster UI rendering and new versions of both Qt and WebKit. Those interested in taking the current release for a spin and load it up in an emulator can download the necessary code on GitHub.
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