Hewlett Packard has released the first edition of its Open webOS. Version 1.0 can be run on supported smartphones, tablets and touchscreen computers.
WebOS architect Steve Winston can be seen in this YouTube video showing the system working on an HP TouchSmart PC.
“We have completed our initial roadmap and are releasing Open webOS 1.0 on schedule, as promised,” says the project’s blog. “Our combined efforts with the community and hard work have paid off, and we are now ready to move on to the next phase together. With this release we have affirmed our commitment to meet our goals and create a vibrant open source community.”
The web-centric platform is based on the system HP used for the Pre and TouchPad products but it is now an open source project available for the user community to develop. Its source code can be found in Open webOS repositories on GitHub.
This first full release means that by combining current components with those from previous releases, Open webOS can be ported to new devices. For example, it has just been successfully ported to a Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone, HP reports.
In its video, HP suggests the OS will be useful for the hotel industry, for instance, as PCs can be kept simple, up to date and cleared of user data easily.