HP releases Open WebOS 1.0, demos it on a TouchSmart PC

By on October 1, 2012, 5:30 PM

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.

Version 1.0 brings support for Enyo2, webOS’ JavaScript app framework, and an Open Embedded build that allows anyone to run Open WebOS complete with core apps such as email and web browser within an Open Embedded emulator. Together with components from previous releases, Open webOS can now be ported to new devices, including the HP Touchsmart PC as highlighted in a video from HP’s chief webOS architect.

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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MrAnderson said:

That sucks... why not help support the touch pads in the wild... geez it is the least they can do since they are still developing the software... gosh!

RajeGera RajeGera said:

Awesome stuff..

VitalyT VitalyT said:

In a market where people become desperate for unity in technology another mobile OS is a bad joke.

iOS vs Android vs WP8 are already generating enough competition turmoil. And those are now relatively solid platforms. Nobody needs another player from ground up.

Another year, Web OS will end the same place where Symbian and others are resting now...

P.S. It is ironic, but while WP8 is the smallest player now, it is the most solid mobile platform, in terms of performance, reliability and security. Maybe MS will have their chance, if they don't blow it.

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