Finally, came the long-awaited end to the uncertainty that hung over the future of the operating system webOS following the decision by HP to abandon the manufacture of dedicated hardware, smartphones and tablets, also keep one it reasonable doubt about their participation in the development of the platform.
The US computer giant announced the conversion of webOS in an open source project with a “ nothing has happened here ” by mutis by the Forum. Only a few on the Board of Directors of the company will be those who remember the 1,200 million dollars spent on the acquisition of Palm and the additional investment which accounted for subsequent developments.
HP will continue to contribute to the development and support of the operating system, while does not seem to have found any partner who undertakes to manufacture products that use its platform. So not very clear even the mode in which the current owner of webOS will try to take slice of your investment long after both the operating system and the development of the same, known under the name of ENYO environment available to developers and manufacturers under Open Source license.
In this way, the little more of 4 million registered users, owners of devices with operating system webOS they still have a chance to be able to lengthen the life of your appliances.
Smartphones that, surely, they will receive improvements of all kinds or even ROM ’ s “ cooked ” from the hands of fans whose purpose will be to the keep the platform alive. In fact, a user community that strives on porting webOS to Android devices is already active.
However, despite the boost given by HP in the absence of offers or agreements with other brands to license the operating system, the Open Source model leaves the platform in a similar position to which it was already, but now you can glimpse a distant light at the end of the tunnel.
Still have to wait a while to see if some daring bet manufacturer by producing serial devices supported on the operating system webOS. In addition to this, the developer community has yet to manifest itself in this regard.
If an independent developer or a software development company seeks to port their apps to platforms with a broad park users in order to make profitable the work, webOS has little tricks to please to be chosen, at least in a first round.
The Board of Directors of HP with Meg Whitman at the top he had promised months ago shed light permanently on the future of the legacy of Palm until the year end. However, few or none come even to speculate with a similar decision by the multinational. Even if fit, after the news released by Reuters at the beginning of the last month of November on the firm resolve of HP to find a buyer for its webOS division, shuffling as diverse names as Intel, Oracle, or IBM.
HTC, another candidate, seems to want to remain faithful to Google in order to recover lost profit in favour of Samsung. For its part, the South Korean company, whose name sounded like first and most likely candidate to become the property of webOS long ago, follows immersed in their developments for Android at the time as continuous feeding Bada, its own operating system.
webOS is wearable santos, or at least this all portends it. However, we won’t fit doubt that will serve as “ inspiration ” for future improvements in most majority use by the general public platforms.