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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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
If you are an HP TouchPad owner, you might have heard of the Android Compatibility Layer (ACL) for webOS, a Kickstarter project from Phoenix International Communications (PIC). The project can be easily explained: run Android apps on the TouchPad without dual-booting to Android.
Two days ago, PIC tweeted that they sent out the preview release to kickstarter backers, giving us (me included) a chance to look at ACL before the general public.
Continue reading Review: ACL™ for webOS Preview 0.6.0-4
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
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.
Continue reading Webtype gives license to pivotCE.com for webOS fonts