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Open webOS Being Ported to Galaxy Nexus, Gives the OS a Whole New Life

Around a year ago, webOS’s demise was highly publicized and the culmination of the debacle was the massive fire sale of HP Touchpads as it was decided that webOS would no longer be developed on. Luckily for us, instead of killing off the OS, HP decided to go open source and nothing excites the Android development community then trying to port an OS to a phone that it didn’t originally ship with. That brings us to today, where a port of webOS is being produced for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Now before you go looking for a download let me say that developers need only apply here. The guys behind this port have released their code and expect you to put it together yourself. Nevertheless, this could spark some potential interest in porting webOS, which was a unique and very usable OS, to other devices. If you feel like poking through the code, hit the source link below.

Via: XDA

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    I was about to say good riddance but I almost spoke too soon. I didn’t know there was such a strong following nor did I realize that this was a halfway decent OS. The only positive thing I ever heard about the HP touchpad was it’s ability to port it over to Android. If this is as good as some of you claim, I wouldn’t mind giving it a whirl in my Gnex for a spin.

  • ddevito

    HP screwed the pooch and fumbled the football big time with WebOS. Fools

    • paul_cus

      Well said.

  • Geoff__W

    Excuse my naivety, but what good is it on a Gnex with fewer apps than a Windows phone, other than to show off to geek friends? Makes more sense to port it to a MS slate tablet when they show up

  • Suspiro


  • This is cool and all, but with application support being as close to zero as you can possibly get, this will never be a useful daily driver. At best, it will be something you can show off to your geek friends for a period of 3-4 minutes at a time.

    • Yeah, unfortunately. It would be great if there could be a compatibility layer so that it would be able to run native Android apps (and without a big performance hit, while we’re in dream land :))

  • shecalledmejay

    I wonder if it would be possible, to make the Gnex a dual booting device between jelly bean and WebOS.

  • David Hussey

    As a former webOS guy (Pre+), this is awesome. Not as daily driver, but maybe as an occasional dual-boot.

    • webOS was one of the most beautiful mobile OSs I’ve ever seen. It’s really too bad it died.

  • i’ll probably throw it on my nexus once it gets stable; always nice to try new things

  • WebOS was beautiful…I’m glad to have it (somewhat) back in the ring to continue to drive competition and introduce new ways of doing things that might not have been thought of otherwise!

  • DO WANT!!!

  • mustbepbs

    Curious to see if the new Nexus phones will get the love and devotion the GNEX has gotten over the past 10 months. Still worried about having multiple phones.

    To quote KleenDroid:


    • KleenDroid

      I notice you were already downvoted…. People don’t like the word “Amazing”. 🙂

    • JoshGroff

      I’m sure they will, look at how many devices are supported by a lot of ROMs.

      Yeah, completely changing my post 3 times, what now.

    • brkshr

      Any Nexus device will have & has had awesome support. They are the easiest devices to develop for.

    • PC_Tool

      If a device is supported in AOSP (Code/drivers) it can easily be included in any AOSP-based ROM, with very little extra work.

      Most AOSP-based ROM’s are compatible with all Nexus devices as well as many OEM devices. I highly doubt multiple AOSP devices will “fragment” AOSP dev-support.

      • You sound like you may know. I tried to post on XDA but that damn post count. Completely irrelevant but I have a launcher app from Japan that’s great but it only works on Gingerbread. It installs on ics but doesn’t work. I heard I have to change the Api level in the app. Would you happen to know how to do that? Again, totally irrelevant, I know.

        • PC_Tool

          If I am not mistaken (and I may be), you would need access to the source-code of the app to change the API level.

  • DroidzFX

    It died for a reason…let it go in peace.

    • I would have thought the same thing until I used it. WebOS was pretty slick at the things it did well. OpenWebos sounds cool, but it would be great to see it melded with Android.

      Also, can we get some OpenWebos love on those touchpads?!

      • Agreed. Very slick and clean looking. I liked it. I look forward to a melded version too for my GSIII

      • JoshGroff

        I remember the browser being lightning fast on the Touchpad, but besides that, I didn’t use the WebOS partition much.

        • Unfortunately (for me and probably most people), the severe lack of apps and add-ons really crippled it, but as a base system, it was really nice

        • burntcookie90

          Browsing was by far the worst thing on the Touchpad…

    • David Hussey

      It was on life support when HP swooped it up, and it was basically put out to pasture by them. Huge potential squandered by lack of commitment.

      • paul_cus

        Yep, it does live on through Duarte’s UI choices. This is a good thing.