Back From the dead: WebOS ported to the Nexus S

After the termination of HP’s WebOS platform, the company publicly released the source code to the public in hopes of improving the system and getting it running on other devices. One of these developers is Phoenix International Communications, a team of volunteers who are set on bringing WebOS back from the dead by porting it to the Samsung-manufactured Nexus S.

As you can see from the video above, the OS has been made into an application which can be executed from the Android application grid. However, with this being a pre-alpha build, it is unbearably slow. If this is ever made to run at full speed on the Nexus S, we could see users switch between OS’s without a reboot, allowing users to run apps from both systems. Additionally, we could see this on more devices; we know the Galaxy Nexus received a WebOS port also.

WebOS being open-source could mean great things for Android users, because it will give them two different experiences and interfaces to explore, and sure; maybe WebOS was destined to fall before the smartphone OS competition. It could also mean that people would be more willing to take the chance to give it some love in the form of ports and applications.

Do you think WebOS ports are welcomed, or should people just let go of the past?

Source: Engadget

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People are putting WebOS on Android Nexus. People are putting Android on HP Touchpad WebOS tablet. Can we say together,"waste of time". Thanks! I knew we all could.

NeoPogo said,
People are putting WebOS on Android Nexus. People are putting Android on HP Touchpad WebOS tablet. Can we say together,"waste of time". Thanks! I knew we all could.

Obviously you're not a geek.

GS:ios

NeoPogo said,
People are putting WebOS on Android Nexus. People are putting Android on HP Touchpad WebOS tablet. Can we say together,"waste of time". Thanks! I knew we all could.
Could only imagine where we would be today if we all had your mindset/attitude.

Thanks for judging when you don't know me. WOW. At least I am not like you. and that is bad!

Glassed Silver said,

Obviously you're not a geek.

GS:ios

We would all be awesome if everyone had my mindset! Thanks judging hater!

The Laughing Man said,
Could only imagine where we would be today if we all had your mindset/attitude.

NeoPogo said,
Thanks for judging when you don't know me. WOW. At least I am not like you. and that is bad!


You take that way too seriously, dude.
Nice spin of you, by the way. You judged me not knowing who I am either. Difference is, you are dead serious I take it.

GS:mac

Nice attempt at a recovery... FAIL!

Glassed Silver said,

You take that way too seriously, dude.
Nice spin of you, by the way. You judged me not knowing who I am either. Difference is, you are dead serious I take it.

GS:mac

NeoPogo said,
Nice attempt at a recovery... FAIL!


Remember caps lock makes you look mature and automatically right.

Also, if you want to believe I'm a prejudice loaded person based on one light hearted line, go ahead.

GS:mac

togermano said,
Whoever ports http://www.haiku-os.org/ to mobile will make alot of money

It was nice way back when, until they got sued out of the game. I used it briefly as my main OS when I was a little kid. I had Firefox and a couple of games on it...good times....

mantequillas said,

You can't be serious!? That's the most hideous OS I think I've ever seen!

As a past Haiku OS user, i think its beautiful, easier to learn than most of the linux distros out there plus is very light weight.

Glassed Silver said,

Then you've seen nothing.

GS:mac

Y'all stuck in the past or just nostalgic! This is just a rehash of BeOS from the late 90's. It failed to take off after Steve Jobs banned it off of Macs. How in the world can this OS even be a consideration in light of Windows 7 or 8??

PoohGQ said,

Y'all stuck in the past or just nostalgic! This is just a rehash of BeOS from the late 90's. It failed to take off after Steve Jobs banned it off of Macs. How in the world can this OS even be a consideration in light of Windows 7 or 8??


What the hell are you on about?
I did not say that it's a serious contender for a main OS nowadays.

GS:mac

Aergan said,

Why? My Linux thinclient at work has a better user experience...

I can tell you never used it please only comment if you have used things

I just tried it in a VM. Not much has changed since BeOS 5. The first thing I really noticed was better font rendering and a new set of icons. I like it!

Tyler R. said,
I just tried it in a VM. Not much has changed since BeOS 5. The first thing I really noticed was better font rendering and a new set of icons. I like it!

They were left with nothing and redid it from scratch they are first trying to make it like 5 then will addon more after that. I think this has a better chance of going on the desktop then bulky linux does

Tyler R. said,

It was nice way back when, until they got sued out of the game. I used it briefly as my main OS when I was a little kid. I had Firefox and a couple of games on it...good times....

It ran Circles around windows 98.... I used it then too as a main OS. I kept playing doom on it lol. I also had beAIM so I could talk to my friends on aim

Tyler R. said,
I just tried it in a VM. Not much has changed since BeOS 5. The first thing I really noticed was better font rendering and a new set of icons. I like it!

It also had surprisingly good winmodem support.... I had dialup back then