Engadget is reporting that Skype (read Microsoft) is rewriting the aging API for renewed focus on mobile platforms. What does that mean for webOS users and our beloved Synergy Skype integration? Well, we don’t really know just yet. What we do know is that M$ has a history of killing support for things it no longer deems worthy of support. The long list includes Windows Phone 7. That does not bode well for we the users of webOS and our integrated Skype support. Should the unthinkable happen and our front-facing-camera-having TouchPads and Pre3s no longer retain Skype access one can only hope the webOS community comes to the rescue to once again save ourselves from an early and altogether too-soon demise. Here’s hoping. For now, enjoy it while you have it. Further bulletins as they develop!
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!
Continue reading About: pivotCE
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.
If you enjoy predicting the future, speculating on possibilities or prophesying doom, leave your comment below.
The webOS Nation thread is here.
Source: Hewlett-Packard Said to Be Seeking to Sell Mobile Patents – Bloomberg
In the dark about what’s been happening at LG webOS these days? Don’t feel bad. So are we. Although if you stare deep into the very dark tunnel with an unknown length you might see a pinprick of light at the end. The tunnel is LG webOS and the light is the first video displaying the webOS TV Emulator running on Project Ares.
Hit the break for the video. Unfortunately, LG requested the video be removed so it’s currently unavailable. The video DOES still exist though and pivotCE was able to acquire it, however, to avoid potential copyright infringement we will not repost it for view. Read on for a couple of nice screenshots though.
Continue reading UPDATE – LG webOS TV emulator spotted
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.
Continue reading Project updates – Open webOS hits Alpha 3, ACL for webOS pushes pre-release