You absolutely have to love when a company keeps a promise, or even just a plan in general. Sure, HP's not in the best position to those in the mobile industry who liked webOS, but at least the mobile platform isn't completely dead. (Though, some would argue that maybe it should be.) In any event, HP managed to stick to their plan, and they've released Open webOS 1.0 to the public before the month of September wrapped up.
I'd be lying if I said I didn't think they'd land the launch date, so I'm actually pretty pleased with the company. I didn't think I'd ever write that down, so that's a good step in the right direction for them.
Open webOS is a great idea for those who love to play around with an open mobile platform, but still want to build upon something that saw plenty of (cult?) success. webOS is one platform that ended way too soon, so it's good to see that there's still a bit of life being breathed into it.
But there's still a lot to be done. This latest build, the official 1.0 version, offers up only so much. Specifically, we're looking at an email client and a Browser, plus a few more apps to play around with "out of the box." The platform will also support the Enyo2 development platform, so applications that devs create with it will work with the "new" mobile platform. LIke I said, it's a start, and it's a good one, too.
HP showed off Open webOS running on an HP TouchSmart computer, which is cool in its own right. I remember back in the day when the dream of webOS was to get it running on multiple devices, including smartphones, tablets, and PCs. That was HP's plan, anyway. (It didn't work out.)
The really interesting part came from the webOS-Ports team, though. They managed to get Open webOS 1.0 running on a Galaxy Nexus, even if it is a bit laggy. They're working on it, though, and that's got me super excited about what's coming down the pipe for the operating system.
And that's why I want to reach out to you, Dear Reader. I want you to tell me which device, any type of (preferably) mobile device you'd like to get Open webOS running on. Not your dream device, where we get to use any type of componnents we want, though. No, this time I want to know which current device you'd want to run the OS on. If you could pick, say, a Samsung Galaxy S III to run Open webOS on, would you?
Let me know which device you'd want to run the newest version of webOS on. I would love to see which device comes out on top.