webOS is currently moving to Open source, and should breathe new life as soon as the transition to this licensing model is completed, HP believes.
fact, the company is convinced that the OS will manage to top rival
platforms such as Android and iOS, and says that it already has great
advantages of them.
In all fairness, things don’t look like this
at all now, but HP plans on reviving both the webOS team, as well as
the platform they have been long working on.
HP has fired many Palm / webOS engineers and
announced plans to discontinue the release of any webOS hardware. But
the company has made up its mind on the platform, and will pursue its
goal from now on.
“This has been a very rocky period for the former Palm Team/web OS that we built. And this was not a happy set of occurrences over the
last six to eight months. So we have lost some people,” HP CEO Meg
Whitman said in an interview with crn.
now there is a clear vision of what we're trying to accomplish. There
will be some people who will not love that vision, and then there are
people who are very excited about this vision, and what it can mean for
an alternative, open-source operating system that has some real
strengths to it.”
She also said that the company was planning on
rebuilding the webOS platform so as to make it worthy of competing with
Android and iOS.
“We're going to build another operating system that has huge advantages, in my view, over iOS, which is a closed
system, [and] Android, which is incredibly fragmented and may ultimately
be more closed with [Google's] acquisition of Motorola Mobility,” she
No specific details on what the company’s plans for the
platform would involve have been unveiled, but we might expect it to be
loaded on both handsets and tablets, just as the current webOS platform
was...from WaVe@4 point of view its great news as we big fans of webOS and have a number of Hp Touchpad`s,my advice to HP is to produce some more Touch pads sell them at a bargain Price (Under $199) and create a market that will be there ready and waiting..and willing to show how great a platform web OS..IS and can be.