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  (Source: TechnoReview)
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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RE: WebOS is dead....
By Pirks on 5/25/2012 8:53:26 PM , Rating: -1
Why don't you ask Reclaimer? The boy just learned what does "hardware" mean but he's not up to understanding the meaning of "software" yet, so he must be more interesting subject to ask questions like this :P


RE: WebOS is dead....
By retrospooty on 5/25/2012 10:02:38 PM , Rating: 2
Because he doesn't act like a child. Grumpy old man maybe ;)

Seriously, how old are you? You really need to look up the term "self awareness" and do some soul searching.


RE: WebOS is dead....
By darkhawk1980 on 5/27/2012 9:20:57 AM , Rating: 2
Soul searching at age 10 isn't going to help him.

I do find it humorous. He's got the ignorance of a 10 year old, with the ego to boot. Couple that with the real lack of making sensible arguments, ignoring counterpoints, and general lack of sentence structure and grammar, and you've got some kid that sits at a computer all night trying to act like a grown up.

Even a grumpy old man would show more intelligence than that.

At the very least, he provides plenty of laughing material. But I can say I'm glad I'm not that pathetic.


RE: WebOS is dead....
By retrospooty on 5/28/2012 3:10:20 PM , Rating: 2
"He's got the ignorance of a 10 year old, with the ego to boot. Couple that with the real lack of making sensible arguments, ignoring counterpoints"

Yup. That would be Pirks in a nutshell. The sad thing is I really dont think he is actuually that young, he just acts it. It's actually a good gauge though... When he ignores the counterpoint then hyperfocuses on some other minor mundane item you know you have a valid point. One of my favorites, after laying out a dozen points where RIM is failing and the market is leaving them behind he will come back with. "So, RIM has Angry birds now, so your a liar" LOL.


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