There was a lot of anger among the vociferous webOS community when HP effectively ditched the platform by canning the TouchPad and Pre handsets last year. However the community was given some hope when HP announced webOS would be made open source and the company has now announced the schedule of when and how developers would will be getting access to the code.
For those hoping it would be a quick turn around, they will be disappointed as Open webOS 1.0, as it will be known when it launches, won’t be available until September this year.
HP has outlined the full schedule (which you can see below) with the first step on the road taking place today with the availability of Enyo, the application framework that underpins webOS 3.0 (which ran on the TouchPad and Pre 3 phone), along with related developer tools.
“Enyo 1.0, the framework underlying the applications that run exclusively on the HP TouchPad and other HP webOS devices (including both our own core applications and thousands of third-party apps), has now also been open-sourced. One of the key enhancements in the Enyo 2.0 Core is support for other browsers (such as Internet Explorer and Firefox, as well as other browsers built on the same webkit foundation, such as Chrome and Safari),” HP said in the announcement.
There will be monthly updates for the next seven months with the next major one likely to be the switch to the Linux standard kernel, slated to take place in March, and which should make it a lot easier for developers and OEMs to get webOS working on a wider array of devices.
- January: Enyo 2.0 and Enyo source code; Apache License, Version 2.0
- March: Linux standard kernel; Graphics extensions EGL; LevelDB; USB extensions
- April: Ares 2.0; Enyo 2.1; Node services
- July: System manager (“Luna”); System manager bus; Core applications; Enyo 2.2
- August: Build release model; Open webOS Beta
- September: Open webOS 1.0
What do you think of HP’s plan? Has webOS a future in the tablet/smartphone market or is it too late for the platform? Let us know in the comments.
Source: HP webOS Developers Blog