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


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