Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Dec 2012 20:30 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Calling themselves Phoenix International Communications - a name that references the mythical bird that emerged from the ashes of its predecessor - the group aims to raise enough money to produce and sell a smartphone running an open-source version of webOS perhaps by late 2013." Like Jolla, I have the hope - just not the expectations.
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Awesome!
by Moochman on Mon 10th Dec 2012 23:35 UTC
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Member since:
2005-07-06

This is amazing news... up until now webOS was the only one of the Linux-based alternative mobile OSes in development (the others being Firefox OS, Jolla Sailfish and Tizen) without any actual hardware announced. This changes that. Which is awesome. Especially considering that webOS is the only one of the four that actually has a mature UI stack that's already proven to be awesome on real devices, I think it could have a real shot at a comeback, *if* it can just get the hardware support worked out.

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RE: Awesome!
by Sodki on Tue 11th Dec 2012 00:23 in reply to "Awesome!"
Sodki Member since:
2005-11-10

I'm with Thom on this one. WebOS and Maemo are the two mobile operating systems that I love best and, although I really want to see them grow, I feel there is no future for them. A late 2013 timeframe to get to the point we were a few years ago seems flaky at best.

The only thing that _might_ save them, _if_ they can make the hardware, would be a compatibility layer that allowed Android applications to run unmodified. This, of couse, is doable, but requires a bit of an effort.

Another path would be to just follow another route and allow WebOS to be installed on current Android phones. Then the hardware part would not be a problem and they could "release early, release often", using enthusiastic users' current phones as testbeds. I don't know why this approach is often ignored.

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RE[2]: Awesome!
by moondevil on Tue 11th Dec 2012 09:11 in reply to "RE: Awesome!"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

I don't know why this approach is often ignored.


Lack of specs?

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RE[2]: Awesome!
by bert64 on Tue 11th Dec 2012 09:26 in reply to "RE: Awesome!"
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2007-04-23

Several of the Android manufacturers are concerned that there is no real alternative to Android available to them... Given that WebOS and others are also Linux based it should be relatively easy to build devices which can run any of these platforms with minimal effort. One piece of hardware, one set of kernel and drivers, and several different userland stacks.

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RE[2]: Awesome!
by Lennie on Tue 11th Dec 2012 18:29 in reply to "RE: Awesome!"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

So what do you think of FirefoxOS and Tizen ?

They'll both have products in the market early next year.

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