HP confirms webOS open source release plans

Operating system of the HP TouchPad webOS is to land as open source software in September

Although the HP TouchPad might have failed to challenge the likes of the Apple iPad HP hoping the tablet's webOS software can rise from the ashes

Having canned the HP TouchPad amid struggling sales HP has revealed it is to offer the device’s well received operating system a new lease of life making the webOS software available to the open source community.

Confirming it is to launch the webOS software as an open source operating system from September HP has said that although the platforms re-launch is still a number of months away developers can now begin to create applications for the OS thanks to the release of the Enyo 2.0 tool.

"HP is bringing the innovation of the webOS platform to the open source community," said Bill Veghte, HP's executive vice president and chief strategy officer. "This is a decisive step toward meeting our goal of accelerating the platform's development and ensuring that its benefits will be delivered to the entire ecosystem of web applications."

Having originally acquired the webOS platform from Palm in April 2010 HP has revealed that the developer assisting Enyo 2 tool will allow devs crafting apps for the webOS platform to seamlessly port their creations to Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS systems with Firefox and Google Chrome browsers also able to run the software releases.

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Via: TechRadar