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Core webOS features could creep into Android

When Hewlett-Packard Comp.'s (HPQ) bold and ultimately doomed webOS experiment was terminated, many assumed that was the end.  But it turns out that webOS had more fans than it seemed and many a blog was written bemoaning the loss of innovative features like "swipe to dismiss" multitasking tiles.  WebOS even briefly managed to seize second place in tablet sales, thanks to enthusiasm surrounding the TouchPad clearance sale.

But HP has committed to open sourcing webOS and stepping out of the mobile market for now, so those who stuck it out on the "Enyo" team, a core group of webOS developers, were bound to be head somewhere else. (Enyo was the name of the open sourced version of the JavaScript framework used in webOS.)

Turns out that "somewhere else" is Google Inc. (GOOG), makers of the world's most used smartphone operating system, Android, according a report by The Verge.  The tie-up seems a natural fit.  After all, many members of Android's team are already veterans of Palm, whom HP acquired webOS and the webOS team from.  Android's design chief Matias Duarte is an ex-Palm veteran, who launched just before the launch of the original Pre.

Enyo 2.0
The team responsible for open-sourcing webOS is jumping ship to the Android team.
[Image Source: webOS Nation]

Despite these departures, HP says it will stick to the plan to open source webOS, starting with the first finished Enyo release.  The company writes:

We're pleased with the traction Enyo has gained to date and plan to continue its development along with the open source community. The Open webOS project is on schedule and we remain committed to the roadmap announced in January.

A few Enyo/webOS team members will stay behind, but the individuals "responsible for 99 percent of the code", including project chief Matt McNulty, will all be departing.

Hopefully that loss of talent by HP becomes Android and its users gain.

It is unclear if the departures are tied in anyway to HP's layoffs.  HP recently announced a gloomy outlook for fiscal Q3 2012 and committed to laying off 27,000 workers -- 8 percent of its workforce -- in a restructuring bid.

Source: The Verge

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Why Move to Android with TP?
By ICBM on 5/25/2012 5:32:07 PM , Rating: 3
Why would I put Android on my Touchpad? The last updates HP made really got performance acceptable. I can browse everything, watch everything I want; all with the card/swipe system. The whole point of the tablet is the card/swipe system.

It is still not as smooth as a Playbook, but its quite acceptable.

RE: Why Move to Android with TP?
By Pirks on 5/25/12, Rating: -1
RE: Why Move to Android with TP?
By StormyKnight on 5/25/2012 11:43:35 PM , Rating: 2
And maybe if there were 10 more of you out there Pirks, just maybe 10 more Playbooks might have been sold at the initial purchase price...

RE: Why Move to Android with TP?
By Pirks on 5/27/2012 12:09:04 AM , Rating: 1
RIM sold about half a million of Playbooks at the release prices, but keep lying troll, keep entertaining me

By darkhawk1980 on 5/27/2012 9:24:52 AM , Rating: 2
So it took RIM what? A year and a half to sell 500,000 playbooks? Hell, I think even Asus sold that many in it's first 4 months with the original Transformer....and then just as many the 4 months after that.

I'd hardly consider that number a good thing. It's not something I'd brag about.

RE: Why Move to Android with TP?
By bupkus on 5/25/2012 8:12:21 PM , Rating: 2
I can browse everything, watch everything I want

and Netflix?

RE: Why Move to Android with TP?
By darkpuppet on 5/28/2012 8:31:42 AM , Rating: 2
To be honest, my girlfriend was about to give up on her touchPad until I rooted it and put android on it.

Is Android perfect on it? No. Is it a bit buggy? Yes.

Does Android offer the apps that my girlfriend would use? Yes. And do they work? Yes.

So instead of a flawless OS that you couldn't do anything on, it now has a somewhat buggy OS that she can use everyday. I hate to say it, but I'd call it a win.

And after a few people saw what her droided TP can do, I've been asked to do a few other rooted TPs. So there are flaws that can't be overcome with cards or swipe-to-close.

Everyone has different uses for their tablets, and when it comes to picking one, it's whether it'll do what you need it to do, or get something else. For those people used to the richer environments of iOS and Android, webOS and QNX can feel like desert wastelands.

RE: Why Move to Android with TP?
By WT on 5/29/2012 8:52:16 AM , Rating: 2
Totally agree here. If your primary use of the TP is not app based, it is fine the way it is. I use it as an e-book reader and daily content from Zite, and it does that quite well.

I also bumped the performance up to 1.5ghz (the Snapdragon chip is rated at 1.5 but downclocked to 1.2 to save battery life). No real need for Android for what I use my TP for.

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