HP Retains WebOS Become Open Source. HP announced Friday evening that WebOS, the mobile operating system, will remain property of the American Group will become open source to promote support and development.
HP has finally decided: the American Group decided to maintain WebOS, its OS for mobile terminals, despite the premature abandonment of its TouchPad Tablet last August. After the domestic PC, Meg Withman took a new decision to taboos of his predecessor, Leo Apotheker, by choosing to maintain WebOS. However, WebOS will be surely transferred to another division, the outline for the moment not yet determined.
This is not the only announcement that the new CEO of HP took yesterday evening as WebOS becomes free and thus opens the Community open source. Meg Whitman has justified this choice by stating that “HP wants to unleash the creativity of the community to create a new generation of applications and devices. Developers, partners, HP and other manufacturers engineers may contribute to bring improvements and new versions on the market”. HP will continue in parallel to technically support its mobile OS, to bring improvements and new versions. It is a way to not condemn WebOS to oblivion.
If HP account on Windows 8 to equip its shelves in 2012, WebOS should review the day on a stamped device HP in 2013. However, smartphones do not appear to be the priority.