August 2011: I ordered. HP canceled any new webOS hardware. My phone arrived. webOS has many innovative features and has a community capable of developing this open system to even greater heights. I hope to see it continue as an option for the discerning mobile device user.
A lot of the buzz this year has been around the Application Compatibility Layer for the Touchpad which enables Android apps to run under webOS. It is hopefully close to official release and there is a possibility that if it is successful, the Pre3 may be its next destination. But until then, let’s say hello to our friends in the Russian Federation – particulary Nikolay Nizov. Would you like Android in a card on your Pre3?
Welcome to the community edition of Pivot magazine. Pattyland & Alan Morford have suggested that I re-purpose the webOS status report to provide some content for pivotCE.
The original thread was started because I wanted an overview of what was happening in the world of webOS. It is little more than a list of known webOS related projects & resources. The feedback from the knowledgeable people at webOS Nation lengthened & clarified the list considerably. While the list is hopefully informative, it’s not really a ‘good read’. I thought I would try something a little more ambitious here by attempting to expand items from the list into short articles.
So where to begin? I think I will start with the nearest subject: This magazine, pivotCE. Read on!
Yesterday we heard a rumour from Bloomberg news that Hewlett Packard was seeking buyers for some of its mobile IP, very possibly including the patent portfolio it acquired from Palm Inc.
Of course, this is not the first time HP has attempted to make this sale, but it is suggested that certain restrictive conditions have been removed to make the patents more appealing to buyers.
Quite what this implies for the future of webOS is unclear at this time. There is an Open source version of webOS in the hands of community members and LG continues to develop their TV system. LG in fact would probably be the preferred buyer for all of us as they seem to have some faith in the system and are a significant player in the mobile sphere. There is however, no evidence that they have any interest in developing webOS as a mobile operating system.
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