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Open webOS will not be available on existing devices

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Open webOS will not be available on existing devices
HP might have ditched webOS and smartphones and tablets on the platform, but it didn’t just kill the platform - it nobly open sources it. However if you expect that open webOS will work on existing devices, you’d be in for disappointment.

This decision is mostly due to incompatible drivers and tons of proprietary components on existing devices. Those issues might be partly solved with new chips supporting the Linux 3.3 kernel or later.

Here’s how folks from the open webOS team explain the decision on the official blog of the platform:
“For Open webOS we are aiming for support on future hardware platforms where SoC’s support Linux 3.3+ kernel and where open source replacements for proprietary components are integrated. Existing devices cannot be supported because of those many proprietary components, including graphics, networking and lack of drivers for a modern kernel (but of course, there is the Community Edition for those interested in improving the TouchPad).”

webOS started at Palm with the first Palm Pre, and evolved over time to arrive on more smartphones and even tablets. Sadly, it didn’t get the traction HP wanted when it acquired Palm, and it didn’t fit HP’s then CEO Leo Apotheker plans to turn the company into more of a corporate business, and it all ended there for one of the most intriguing operating systems out there.

source: Open webOS blog via Coolsmartphones

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posted on 01 Aug 2012, 03:11 1

1. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i think HP needs to go what google did to android.... i wish webOS the best... especially its one of the last exsisting old smartphone OS (the other being blackberry coz winmo dont exsist now same goes with symbian)

i hope devs and manufacturers needs to consider webOS!!

HP please support webOS!! you could actually split them into team.. the other one will concentrate to windows and the other one on webOS!!! you need a good management!!!

or you just waste a billion dollar money for nothing?!

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 23:09

6. dmckay12 (Posts: 242; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


You type good english. Where are you from.

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 03:46

2. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i kinda like webOS than andriod! so please.... just please... support webOS!!!

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 03:55

3. snowgator (Posts: 3160; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Well, this may be as long of a shot as there is in mobile. Can any of the four of WebOS, Tizen, Meego, or Firefox OS get any traction? Any support? Any development?

Tizen has Samsung and Intel, Firefox has Sprint interested, Meego has at least the buzz from the N9 and the cooperation of Nokia, and WebOS has.... HP. Long climb.

I sure miss my happy go lucky Pre Plus..

What a waste....

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 22:02

5. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


as far as i know open webOS support the linux kernel 3.3 and android only support 3.1 so that makes webOS a real linux than andoid! same goes with MeeGo they are the real linux power mobile/tablet/desktop OS... while tizen and firefox, they are not ready for primetime because they are base on html5...meaning the OS and apps are all internet base....

MeeGo has jolla and has the best ex nokia people (since the nokia now is on new disaster management)

while open webOS has HP... but HP dont support them... they had a bad management.. i really hate bad management....

tizen has samsung but samsung is on android track... and basing the OS on html5 is a wrong move but if they just let it run html5 apps its a good choice..

firefox has a lot of carrier back up, sprint, and others.. but then again html5 isnt a good choice... native apps are still the best!

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 07:15

4. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 487; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


webOS had it's shot....twice....Time to move on...

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