liwen · Jan 26, 2012 at 09:08 am

HP Begins Open Sourcing Of webOS, Releases Enyo 1.0 and 2.0 Source Code

Since HP announced that it would open source webOS, there have been lots of questions on how exactly HP plans to do that, and what such a move could bring. While the future for webOS is still very much up in the air, the process of open sourcing the mobile operating system originally developed by Palm has now begun, with the release of the Enyo 1.0 source code and the introduction of the brand new Enyo 2.0.

HP expects to finalize the open source version of webOS, dubbed Open webOS 1.0, in September. The first piece here is Enyo 1.0, which is the application framework that debuted in webOS 3.0 on the TouchPad. It allows the creation of platform independent applications using web technologies such as JavaScript in theory, while it was used for writing apps that targeted the TouchPad in practice, since it was only compatible to the WebKit browser engine. The source code of Enyo 1.0 has now been released.

The more significant thing here, however, is Enyo 2.0. HP is apparently keeping their promise to continue development of webOS, and Enyo 2.0 brings several advantages over its predecessor. It finally makes good on its original aim and is fully browser-independent, claiming to work in “any modern browser, desktop or mobile” as long as it supports HTML5. This could be an incentive for developers to build apps using Enyo, since it’ll work basically everywhere, even including other mobile and desktop operating systems – if it succeeds in creating a vibrant developer community and app ecosystem, it would make it much easier for HP to bring out new webOS devices in the future by negating one of its strongest shortcomings.

Even better, HP plans to bring Open webOS in “late summer” to owners of the discontinued TouchPad, and is even “looking” at all other webOS devices like the Pre, Pixi and Veer. While we can’t know yet whether webOS will be able to gain enough traction, this is certainly great news for owners of current webOS devices.

Read more at The Verge, HP webOS Developer Blog, Enyo.


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