HP's Open webOS 1.0 released, ported to Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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Hewlett-Packard released Open webOS 1.0, enabling developers to port the mobile operating system to new devices.

Coming less than a month after the launch of the Open webOS beta, version 1.0 contains an OpenEmbedded build enabling a full webOS experience running inside an OE emulator and adds email and browser support. Open webOS 1.0 also touts support for Enyo2, allowing developers to run apps built on cross-platform JavaScript frameworks.

HP said it has delivered more than 75 webOS components over the last nine months, corresponding to 450,000 lines of code available via Open webOS repositories on GitHub. Future enhancements are slated to include support for Qt5/WebKit2, open-sourced media and audio components, BlueZ Bluetooth stack, ConnMan network management and an optimized SysMgr rendering architecture.

HP acquired webOS in 2010 when it purchased Palm for $1.2 billion, discontinuing its webOS device business in mid-2011. Earlier this year, the company pledged to make the platform fully open-source by the end of September. In August, HP spun off its webOS Global Business Unit into a new independent company called Gram.

Hours following Open webOS 1.0's release, the independent webOS Ports team announced it has ported the platform to Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone. The Verge reports the OS runs and can connect to Wi-Fi, but it does not yet support other core functions such as SMS. The webOS Ports team adds it will not publish a full porting how-to for users until its efforts yield a phone suitable for everyday use.

For more:
- read this Open webOS blog entry
- read this Verge article

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