HP is spinning off the WebOS division into a new company named Gram

HP is spinning off the WebOS division into a new company named Gram
WebOS has had a tough year. Even discounting how badly HP bungled its development and product launches last year, and not counting the fact that they killed off all hardware production in favor of open sourcing the mobile OS, it’s still been a tough year. Essentially all of the original leadership is gone, and most of the important software engineers have left to seek greener pastures. On the heals of that tough year HP now wants to divest the division altogether, according to memos leaked to webOS Nation

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



11. Jyakotu

Posts: 868; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

webOS had so much going for it, but Palm really dropped the ball on the hardware. They just needed to make new form factors, like all touch screen, for example. *sighs* It's ashamed that such a great mobile OS is no more because it was attractive, fluid, and functional.

10. KEVlN

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

I wish they would consider infusing their webOS software with android. It could make for a beautiful team. If you really think about it, they aren't much different when it comes to UI. Basic launcher, home screen, and search functionality are pretty comparable. I'm not really into android skins but I wouldnt mind an official webOS android skin.

8. JeffreyMDoran

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Another company working on this is Phoenix International Communication -http://phxdevices.com/

7. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

Even if they could find a way to make GOOD hardware, webOS goes nowhere until they can fix the awful lag. And catch up from 2 years behind.

5. Aeires unregistered

Their new phone should be called "Phoenix." Be great if WebOS comes back strong.

14. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

but they seriously need to change the OS and have a logo to be eye catchy!!!

4. tedkord

Posts: 17526; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Hopefully this will lead to WebOS becoming a viable alternative to Android.

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Doubtful. webOS' time has gone, the victim of insufficient resources and no commitment by HP. WP has the best chance of becoming the 3rd option in the mobile OS space. MS has the motivation to make it work (unlike HP).

13. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

there's always room for more competition... android dominant reason is because its so free, china phones even have them installed... WP cant get its name on the top coz it lack support on manufacturers.. samsung and htc for instant, htc was one of the first manufacturers of WinMo but they change to android.. samsung is concentrating to android.. they dont even give something to its own bada OS.. and ithat tizen is no where to be found now... so thanks to nokia, WP might be the alternative... but take note, most of the android users are ex nokia lovers... they cant shift to WP coz they are not familiar with it so their choice is go android coz it looks like symbian... dont forget, there's BlackBerry 10 too.. but im doubtful that it will boom..it is really promising, and it could really bring RIM to top again but its up to marketing.. if they market it wrong they will fail.. if they market it on the price of an iPhone or android royalties they are doomed!! but if they market it to general market like nokia and microsoft did to lumia 900, it will really get some traction again... lumia 900 get some traction because of that marketing... and they even lower the price because it wont be udpated to WP8.. so RIM needs to do the same.. they need to offer the BB7 devices cheaper...and the PlayBook too!!they shouldn't price is similar to the iPad (the 4G variant) there is also the upcoming Jolla OS, this is the REAL LINUX... this is made by ex nokia because nokia didn't believe in meego!! but a lot of people believe on it!! it is base on meego and linux and core of mer and qt! they are greatful that nokia sold qt coz qt can live! the only bad thing that nokia did is abandoning all they got.. symbian, maemo/meego to WP.. if WP fail s40 cant save them.. for example the asha 305/311 they look premium but they are fooling people!!!its not a smartphone.. even people on that market wants to multitask coz its a need now... and they are even a bit higher than low end android.. so people will still choose android than s40 touch! but if they choose symbian to these market, i think there low end is save! symbian has a decent interface, enough apps and can run in ancient tech! and it can multitask!! there's also the new firefox OS but i think its not ready for primetime coz its a web OS.. its code and apps are all on the web... so i think it wont run apps that is offline.. im not betting on this one.. so i think webOS has potential to be back!!! but they really need to change the name of the OS!! i think HP make a good move to this... because microsoft dont want its code to be with webOS thats why it was halted! so making a new company is a good decision!! so that windows cont will be untouch by webOS!!! im betting that android will still dominate at 25%, iOS at 15%, WP at 15% too, BB10 at 15% too, jolla at 10% and webOS (they really need to change the name!!! ) at 10% but i want them to be the android alternative.. hist saw the touchpad, and fall inlove with it

3. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Well, I wish them all the best and a bright future ahead! :)

2. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Didn't think HP really was interested in developing an open source OS. I know they need to find a way to recoup their investment, maybe financing a "start-up" and getting some investors along the way is a better long term answer. All I know is I truly miss my WebOS. No matter what comes out of this, there isn't much chance it will be what the small but happy community remembers it being. What a waste.

1. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

my fav os i want a all touch pre 4

6. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 561; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

two expectations from Web OS:- >More Enterprise features >Super fast OS as compared to other operating systems. Can Web OS be programmed entirely in Assembly language? as Assembly language is super quick and requires very low memory.I think this will be a good option for smartphones.

12. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Imagine a Samsung phone with Web OS....Will kill other smartphones which are out there....!!

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