Had you ever imagined that you’ll have an open webOS, that is, one that will be compiled to run on other hardware. It does seem difficult as Apple has its designs all locked-down. However, HP does aim to achieve this. But, for now you’ll be seeing at least a few HP webOS-style apps made available in the App Store and in your browser.To deliver an open webOS HP has committed to a schedule to put the platform’s source code available under an open source license and it aims to deliver it by September. The company’s webOS open source initiative has led to HP open sources Enyo framework. This has encouraged the hardware and software developers to create a new generation of applications and devices.
According to Bill Veghte, executive vice president and chief strategy officer HP, “HP is bringing the innovation of the webOS platform to the open source community,” “This is a decisive step toward meeting our goal of accelerating the platform’s development and ensuring that its benefits will be delivered to the entire ecosystem of web applications.”
Let’s discuss about the webOS-style apps for iPhone and the webOS-style apps for iPad. You might be thinking what is Enyo? Well, Enyo is actually based on web tech like everything webOS (whereas the iOS framework is based around Objective-C). To let it go open source, developers who have written in Enyo need to compile their apps to be loaded in a browser or on webapp-supporting operating systems like iOS and Android. This has already begun to happen. You can get multiple webOS Enyo apps through WebKit-based web browsers – like Safari. In fact, you can even get an Instapaper client called Paper Mache in the Android Market.
Another vital announcement was that HP is now going for the standard Linux kernel for use in Open webOS which is the basic principle behind Android’s kernel. The advantage of this move is that webOS will get more variety of hardware.