WebOS Team Flees HP, Jumps Onboard Android Ship
May 25, 2012 3:30 PM
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Core webOS features could creep into Android
When Hewlett-Packard Comp.'s (
) bold and ultimately doomed
, 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
Turns out that "somewhere else" is Google Inc. (
), makers of the world's most used smartphone operating system, Android, according
. 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.
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
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RE: Why Move to Android with TP?
5/28/2012 8:31:42 AM
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.
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