Open webOS ported to Galaxy Nexus
This is a pretty impressive first effort given what HP managed to do for the announcement and that this port was a couple of months worth of tinkering. Hardware acceleration needs quite a bit of work, but the goal is to make the device viable for everyday use while running Open webOS. There will be a process published once they have all the bugs worked out and can show a fully functional unit.
For now, the device can currently connect to Wi-Fi, but does not yet support complete phone functions. It will be interesting to see how far and how fast developers are able to make this work on varying platforms.
sources: webOS-ports.org via Open webOS blog and The Verge
1. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
Just trying it now on my gnx..
I always loved webOS !!
19. Phullofphil (Posts: 798; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
It's kind of cool but at the same time I'd rather have Android on my galaxy Nexus. Reason being is there's not that much app support for this operating system and android has 400,000 apps. Is no reason to put this on my phone except just to mess around with and then put Android back on. The only cool thing would be to be able to dual boot
20. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)
400,000? I thought it had almost 700,000?
This is awesome. I love WebOS. I didnt see it mentioned if this was a dual boot with Android?
2. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
Thanks for telling this info. PA by the way...
3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6631; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Really laggy and buggy, but this just goes to show you the kind of dev support the GNex has!
13. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
Ya it's a mess right now, tried it..not usable :-(
18. Maxwell.R (Posts: 130; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)
That didn't take long to port. Did your experience match what the video showed? Pretty amazing you were able to port it over so quickly.
4. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
What the Heck is WebOS?!?
All I know is that its an operating system, that's it, that's all!!
6. rasinhussy (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)
WebOS is an OS that was written by Palm as a mobile platform, then taken over by HP. Their devices never sold well so HP discontinued WebOS, but promised to release it as open source, which they did.
9. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
when iOS 7 and 8 didn't manage to change iOS 6 at all? :)
7. ap1989 (Posts: 143; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)
WebOS is TRASH i don't want that running on my nexus
16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6631; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Then guess what? Don't port it. Simple as that.
And if you knew about webOS, you would easily known that it was the best OS in its time.
25. 22350 (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
i do. actually makes me happy that I got the nexus, where before I was disappointed that the new unit was coming out.
8. ambrown (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
It's horrifically slow in the video. Why would you want to dump Android for that? WebOS had some promise in the beginning but it has sat stagnant until now and has missed out on a ton of Android and iOS advancements. I get that some people are still hoping WebOS will go somewhere, and maybe it will, but it has a very long way to go before it catches up to 2012 level of OSes out there now. Plus with the Firefox OS (that is also open source), and Blackberry 10 on the horizon, and even Windows Phone OS that has been attempting to erode the top spots of Android and iOS it's hard to see WebOS gaining traction among developers. HP sure did a good job of killing WebOS and making sure it'll go nowhere.
10. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
See, it was just ported, this means it won't work buttery smooth or perfectly. It needs more time to be stable. Just like Custom ROMs. It needs time to be stable.
21. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)
WebOS was more of a 2020 OS. It was far better than iOS, Android, BB, and WP. Too bad it never took off. I blame Sprint.
11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
What I am wondering is whether by the time Open webOS becomes stable on Android handsets, will there be a need for the O/S? JB arguably eliminates the value proposition for Open web OS, so if it has a wide install base when Open web OS becomes stable, where is the need?
12. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3657; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I think HP should just sell WebOS, and whoever buys it should implement some of the good features from it into their own OS.
14. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)
exactly. and by the time web OS becomes usable we would be probably on Android 5.0 and i dont see anything replacing Android in near future. but still its good to have choice.
17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6631; Member since: 14 May 2012)
You again? I give you a few more days before you get a paid vacation from PA.
23. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
really love webOS hope it will have a future! i think it will be a competition of android and maybe mozilla's firefox OS too!
hey PA just wondering why you still didint post the news that Tizen was already at version 2.0 known as magnolia...
24. 22350 (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
If this stabilizes, i will be on it right away. Much more usable, when compared to android.