Open WebOS 1.0 ported to Galaxy Nexus (video)

Today HP announced the release of version 1.0 of Open WebOS, those being the remnants of the once super promising Palm operating system. The team behind the project showcased their achievement by porting the OS to a PC. But the place where people really want to see it running is on a phone, where it was meant to be.

Enter the WebOS Ports team, who have managed to get it running on a Galaxy Nexus. According to them it took about two months of development to get the operating system to run on Samsung hardware, and it can now connect to Wi-fi and do most things a normal phone can. However there's still work to be done as the phone features, including SMS aren't ready yet.

The most difficult part is getting complete hardware acceleration for the OS. And as you can see from the video, the phone desperately needs it before it can actually be used by a normal human being. But the project is heading in that direction, their goal being to make the Galaxy Nexus with WebOS a real alternative to whatever else is on the market.

Since the project isn't complete the WebOS Ports team has yet to to release a full how to guide to get it running on your Nexus device but, when they do, it will most certainly be posted on their Wiki.

Source: WebOS Ports ( Twitter, Youtube) Via: The Verge

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Any chance there's any downloadable pre-built binary copies available that can installed in
a virtual machine setup like VMware? The Open webOS site only links to the source code.

The potential here is pretty high. Anyone who sees this as more than what it is at this point (The beginnings of a potential second open mobile OS) is simply kidding themselves.

Excellent work to the developers. It's going to be a horribly bumpy road, but it looks like they may be able to handle it.

webOS its dead thanks to HP and palm, current "open" webos its so far from what its available with previous version, apps dont work, HP and palm phones dont work with current open webOS, unless they do a miracle this its its a zombie, dead man walking

hagjohn said,
Didn't see anything that made me go "wow" or want to move off of what I have.

Did you really expect otherwise? I'm sure that's not quite the goal of this video.

mikeyx12 said,

Did you really expect otherwise? I'm sure that's not quite the goal of this video.

I would have liked to see something different but it's early. Making your product different than the rest (as well as functional), is what will draw people in.

hagjohn said,

I would have liked to see something different but it's early. Making your product different than the rest (as well as functional), is what will draw people in.

But they aren't selling it, they aren't making money from it. There's no financial motivation to make it competitive through differentiation. I'm sure the last thing they are concerned about with their early build just-ported open source OS is whether or not people see it and go "wow".

It's not going to compete with any consumer mobile operating system. It's there for people who know what they're doing to play around with and make what they want out of it.

Was Michael J. Fox recording this video? damn.

This port is awesome! Not to long ago I was watching a video of a phone that was running WebOS and I really enjoyed the interface. Ofcourse the software is going to lag because it's not built for that specific hardware. Hopefully a better version of WebOS will come out that runs fast on the Galaxy Nexus.

SnaveZ

funkydude said,
Yeah and people thought Android was laggy... ^^

If properly optimized lag doesn't exist on Android, blame the OEMs and carriers. I'm running Jelly Bean on a single core 1Ghz and it's butter smooth.

funkydude said,
Yeah and people thought Android was laggy... ^^

ASOP based ROMs run quite well, a lot of the slowness is just like how HP, Dell etc pump their computers full of crap and sell it to the end user. Android OEM's have crappy slow frameworks which add a ton of bloat, I think HTC is the worse for this in my opinion.

thealexweb said,

If properly optimized lag doesn't exist on Android, blame the OEMs and carriers. I'm running Jelly Bean on a single core 1Ghz and it's butter smooth.

Easy that... even linux is 1000x faster than ubuntu (last crap) but you can't use linux.

fenderMarky said,

Easy that... even linux is 1000x faster than ubuntu (last crap) but you can't use linux.

Linux = Ubuntu, and why can't you Linux on a PC? I personally don't want to but I can see why some want to.

fenderMarky said,

Easy that... even linux is 1000x faster than ubuntu (last crap) but you can't use linux.

Wow...that's my new favourite sentence.

spudtrooper said,
What's the point? What OEM / Carrier is going to bother?
Hmm? For the users benefit I guess. Why does OEM or carrier comes in?