HP Begins Mobile Platform Open Source Shift
In a HP development community blog post Wednesday, Sam Greenblatt, CTO and head of technical strategy for the open webOS project, outlined plans for the move from commercial platform to community development.
“We’re proud of webOS and its potential to harness web standards to improve the next generation of applications, web services, and devices,” Greenblatt wrote. “For an open source project to be a success, that roadmap must be public so all contributors have a sense of where the project is headed.”
In December, HP announced it would not shutter webOS, but instead turn it over to an open source community. That move came less than two years after HP bought the operating system’s parent company, Palm, for $1.2 billion to make a move in the mobile device marketplace.