HP has announced that webOS, the mobile operating system they acquired last year when they scooped up Palm, will be going open source.
That could be a good idea in theory, but we have to see how it goes. It’s a small platform and Android currently leads the market for developers wanting a high quality mobile operating system. Some may remember when HP left the future of webOS unknown.
In the end, what matters most is whether or not developers want the platform. If they do go for it, then awesome. If not? It’s sad to say, but webOS may sit dead in the water. Still, it may turn out well if it gives Android and iOS some worthy competition. webOS is solid, just never had the support it needed to survive. Meg Whitman, HP president and CEO said the following:
“webOS is the only platform designed from the ground up to be mobile, cloud-connected and scalable … By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices.”
It’s great to see that they aren’t killing the platform. However, it will be another thing to see if it survives.