HP to open-source webOS for developers

Hewlett Packard has announced it will open-source its mobile operating system, WebOS.

The webOS code will be available with an open-source license, enabling developers and engineers to work on enhancements within the marketplace and improve applications for next generation devices.

HP has said it plans to continue investing in and supporting webOS. The system offers multiplatform portability, along with giving developers a way to build apps using standard web technologies.

HP president and chief executive officer, Meg Whitman, said: “webOS is the only platform designed from the ground up to be mobile, cloud-connected and scalable.”

The tech company acquired when it bought smartphone maker Palm last year, and used it to power its Touchpad tablet range.

Whitman continued: “By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices.”

HP also plans to contribute webOS’ application framework, ENYO, for developer use in the future.

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