About OpenWebOS

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What is Open webOS?


webOS on a HP / Palm Pre 2 Smartphone in “card view” (showing running apps grouped together)

Open webOS is an open-source mobile operating system based on Palm webOS, which was originally developed by Palm Inc. and released on the Palm Pre Smartphone in June 2009. webOS has its roots in Linux, but features a UI and application framework built on top of web technologies such as HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS. Rendering of the UI is achieved through a custom WebKit engine codenamed “Luna”.

Following its acquisition of Palm Inc. in April 2010, Hewlett Packard (HP) re-wrote webOS to include tablet support, ahead of the HP TouchPad’s ultimate release in July 2011. After a surprise decision to halt all production, sales and future development of webOS-based hardware in August 2011, HP decided to release an open source version of the webOS operating system. Open webOS was officially released in September 2012 . On 25 February 2013, HP announced the sale of its remaining webOS division to LG Electronics, who are still actively contributing to the Open webOS code base [GITHUB LINK https://github.com/openwebOS].

Detailed information on the history and technical aspects of webOS / Open webOS can be found on the webOS Wiki {LINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebOS} and on the Open webOS Project site {LINK https://www.openwebOSproject.org/}.