Will Verduzco · Dec 9, 2011 at 04:21 pm

HP to Open Source webOS; Development Possibilities Limitless!

*pinch*

Yep, you are still alive. And no, we haven’t been transported to The Twilight Zone!

Less than two weeks ago, HP stated that they were in the process of evaluating the future of webOS. They have now reached a conclusion that is sure to come as a shock to many who expected the mobile OS to be put to pasture. HP has just announced their plan to contribute the source code to the open source community. While even we may question the OS’s relevance, this is truly great news for all.

Prior to the HP TouchPad fire sale, webOS devices largely failed to gain traction in the mobile OS landscape. Hanging for dear life at just 2% smartphone market share in US, the future for HP’s mobile OS looked very bleak. However, putting things into the hands of enthusiasts will yield nothing but good results for owners of webOS devices and for those who would like to hack webOS onto their non-webOS devices.

Currently, the vast majority of webOS development activity we’ve seen has involved the removal of webOS, rather than its enhancement or having it ported to other devices. Now that the source code is set to be released, the real fun can begin. Imagine an HTC HD2 capable of running 6 mobile OSes. With full access to the webOS source code, developers can now make this happen. How about tailoring the OS itself to your liking in a complete, source-built modification such as CyanogenMod? This is now possible, as well!

You can bet that the developers and hackers on our forums will be up to the task. Those interested in tracking the progress as the source is released should head over to our webOS Development and Hacking forum.

Now that webOS will be opened up, are you any more likely to partake in the next fire sale? Let us know in the comments section below!

Source: HP Newsroom via HP Developer Blog


_________
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
TAGS:

Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
Brian Young · Aug 2, 2015 at 09:05 pm · 2 comments

Galaxy S6 & Edge get €100 Price Cut—New Models Incoming

Samsung has dropped the price of both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge by €100, making the current retail price of these phones €599 and €699, respectively. Though no new prices have been announced stateside, a cut is expected soon. (more…)

XDA NEWS
Mario Tomás Serrafero · Aug 2, 2015 at 11:33 am · 1 comment

Sunday Debate: How Can We Get a No-Compromise Phone?

Join us in a fun Sunday Debate on Compromises. Come with your opinions and feel free to read some of our thoughts, then pick your side or play devil’s advocate to get your voice heard and engage in friendly discussion. You can read our food-for-thought or jump straight into the fray below!     Getting an upgrade is a big deal to us power users: it’s our little Android Christmas, where after a long time (for plenty of us, at least)...

XDA NEWS
Mario Tomás Serrafero · Aug 1, 2015 at 03:54 pm · 3 comments

PSA: You Can Optimize Your Note 4’s Recents Menu & RAM

The Note 4 never had the fastest Recents Menu, and despite its 3GB of RAM, its app-holding capabilities only got worse on Lollipop. The infamous RAM bug that plagued the S6 is indeed an annoyance on the Note 4's 5.0.X ROMs. Rumors of an update to fix all of this were confirmed with the first reports of the 5.1.1 update for the Russian Note 4, which seemingly improved the Recents Menu and RAM management. But it'll be a long time...

XDA NEWS