That last part may actually hold the key to a second chance for webOS. During an all hands on deck meeting last week, webOS employees reportedly learned that they would be spun off into a new company named Gram. Gram will be funded initially by HP, but as a separate company they would be able to seek out new partners. The transition to Gram finalizes the killing off of the consumer-facing hardware brand, and instead Gram is looking to leverage the “core strengths” of webOS and cloud computing to create a company that will focus on “software, User Experience, Cloud, engineering and partnering.”
Also of note is that Gram has entered “stealth mode”, which is when new startups try to fly under the radar in order to avoid too much attention from large companies that could buy them out or use their greater resources to produce a competitor. Given that Gram employees were told to wear gift shirts with the Gram logo, and that webOS is a well-known product, it’s not exactly clear what Gram hopes to accomplish by going stealth.
Are they hoping to create a new mobile OS? Are they looking to leverage webOS as a new enterprise platform? We’ll be on the lookout and will let you know when more information is available.
source: webOS Nation