Open webOS comes to Android in the form of an app

Open webOS comes to Android in the form of an app
As promised, HP has recently made webOS open source, allowing the dev community to continue developing Palm's wonderful platform. While we're yet to see anything substantial come out of this project, an interesting video has been published, showing Open webOS running on a Google Nexus S.

Interestingly, the developers have brought the platform to Android in the form of an app. Sadly, because of this, or some other reason, Open webOS seems to be unusable in its current state, as you can see from the video below. It's just very unresponsive, with enormous performance issues, and we feel the Nexus S's dated hardware isn't to blame here. We also aren't sure about this whole concept of the OS running as an app, as this would mean that it has access to a limited amount of resources. Probably that's behind its incredibly slow performance.

We guess the developers have just wanted to show us webOS on an Android phone, even if it's clearly unusable. Unfortunately, even if it comes as a normal, custom ROM for select Android devices, users will have little incentive to try it out, due to the limited app catalog. What we would love to see, though, is some other manufacturers introducing Open webOS-powered handsets to market. Now that will surely shake things up!

via: IntoMobile



1. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

You werent kidding Ray, that is slower than when i tried to play NFS carbon on my 6 year old computer. Totally unusable. Whats the use than i wonder.

6. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Blehh!! SUCH a terrible OS on that phone

2. thelegend6657 unregistered

Where's the link to the APK file ?

3. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

this isn't quite installed as an "app" but appears to be similar to how Linux distros can be run chrooted within android on many android phones.

4. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I wish developers would make a good webOS phone even if its an overlay of Android. Always loved the OS and had so much potential.

7. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Same here ^_^ More OS = more Competition

5. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i guess if nokia bought palm rather than HP, it would give webOS mercy! and it wil lbe awesome for nokia and palm!

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