WebOS is that superb and widely-acclaimed mobile OS that was created to replace the aged and legendary Palm OS. While hailed on multiple fronts for its nice user interface and multitasking capabilities, WebOS never quite made a splash in the scheme of things. Poor hardware and lacklustre marketing made sure of that.
With HP’s purchase of Web OS gave hopes of a brighter future for the platform, but the computer maker bungled things up too and eventually decided to ditch making WebOS devices, and rather concentrate on licensing the OS out.
A Web OS SpinOff
The latest news is that HP have spun off the Web OS division into an independent company named Gram. Gram is continuing the legacy of HP, and so are not a consumer hardware brand, but are focusing on software, User Experience, Cloud, engineering and partnering (licensing).
My wife’s HP TouchPad running WebOS is still in service. Each time I pick it up, I see the sad potentials of what a great device it could be if it got enough traction.
The question is, With the successes of Android, the galaxy of hardware manufacturers behind Tizen, and Firefox OS already attracting manufacturers, who exactly is likely to license WebOS? I am lying through the skin of my teeth if I claim to have the answer to that question.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.