Home > Editorial > HP Leaves webOS Wounded, Not Even Dead HP Leaves webOS Wounded, Not Even Dead Submitted by Ron Miller 2011-12-13 Editorial 8 Comments When HP announced it was releasing webOS to open source on Friday afternoon, it surely didn’t kill it, but it left the operating system badly wounded with few prospects for success. About The Author David Adams Follow me on Twitter @david_adams 8 Comments 2011-12-13 5:14 am transami I think MS has it’s lackies out in force to try to put people off of webOS. “Nothing to see here, move along.” Well they can go eat MShit. As long as HP is true to it’s word, there are plenty of us out here that will continue to use and develop the platform. Edited 2011-12-13 05:14 UTC 2011-12-13 7:54 am bert64 Existing Android manufacturers and carriers want a second OS option as they fear a market dominated by Google, WebOS is a perfect fit here… It’s a mature system that’s already been proven on phones and tablets. It’s based on the same Linux kernel as Android so no need to create two sets of drivers for every piece of hardware. If properly marketed, WebOS could be very successful. 2011-12-13 3:36 pm JAlexoid Existing Android manufacturers and carriers want a second OS option as they fear a market dominated by Google, WebOS is a perfect fit here… Yes, that is what we speculate on. The operators are perfectly happy with 3 options they currently have. It’s a mature system that’s already been proven on phones and tablets. So far it’s proven to be a disappointment. If properly marketed, WebOS could be very successful. It will definitely not be properly marketed. 2011-12-13 4:09 pm Sodki So far it’s proven to be a disappointment. The hardware it’s proven to be a disappointment, not webOS. 2011-12-13 9:20 am fran But they are still keeping on about 600 WebOS developers so their commitment is stronger then the press realises. It will be good to have two big open source competitors in this market. It drives faster innovation. Edited 2011-12-13 09:22 UTC 2011-12-13 7:28 pm jgagnon Sure, but does HP want to compete with the level of cash and “free-ness” that Google brings with Android? Edited 2011-12-13 19:28 UTC 2011-12-13 11:22 pm thavith_osn Springsteen lyric in the heading 🙂 2011-12-14 7:43 pm amadensor While I don’t see WebOS really continuing in its current fashion, there are many good pieces waiting to be picked. Its task management was especially nice. Maybe some of that can be gleaned and used to improve Android.