Not only is it rare to see a major application or development for webOS announced these days but in a strange happenstance two such announcements hit the web back-to-back. The Open webOS (OwOS) team broke the news on Alpha 3 and updated their wiki yesterday. Currently there isn’t a release available for Alpha 3 but it is important to note that the webOS Ports team has added Virtual Box support along side GSM Samsung Galaxy Nexus and 1st Gen Asus Nexus 7 support. And this morning, Phoenix International Communications (PIC) begain emailing pre-release testers instructions for ACL for webOS installations. Still no timeline for the rest of us though. Read on for the message from PIC.
If you look closely at this article (or any other article on pivotCE.com) you might notice a familiar font. That’s right! pivotCE has been given a license to use styles from the Prelude font family. Yes, the very same font integrated into our beloved webOS devices. Earlier this week, I made contact with a public relations associate from Webtype. After a brief explanation of what pivotCE offers the webOS community, they wasted no time in offering access to the styles of our choosing.
— Phoenix I.C. (@phxdevices) October 11, 2013
In posts released yesterday from Phoenix International Communications on their facebook and twitter accounts it seems ACL for webOS’ public release is imminent. It’s a quick blurb but at this point, those hungry for ACL for webOS release news will take the smallest morsels to satisfy their need.
Twitter user @pixiet35 shared a video link with @pivotCE. The title of the video suggests it was not for the masses to see but is remniscent of Phoenix International Communication’s other “The App that I want on webOS” episode videos. At any rate, here it is.
Unless you’re just coming back to webOS from another platform or you’ve been hiding under a mobile-tech rock, you are aware that Phoenix International Communications has partnered with OpenMobile to create the Android Compatibility Layer for the HP Touchpad. This impressive undertaking theoretically brings the (almost) entirety of the Android app catalog to webOS. I say almost because it is based off of Android 2.3 so apps requiring Android 3+ won’t work…yet.