We determined that we are not prepared to just sit back and hope for the best, so we began our preparations to adopt Open webOS when it is released, and we will continue from where HP left off. But what does that even mean? It means to address the inadequacies of webOS itself, it means to have a constant dialogue with the greater community of users regarding the inadequacies of webOS, and working on adding new features and fixing annoying bugs. And, ultimately, it means to increase the selection of devices that webOS can run on—first by porting it to desirable new hardware already available on the market, and eventually over the long term by working with an established manufacturer to introduce a line of custom webOS devices.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
If I were them, I’d pick just three Android tablets as targets for getting Open webOS running on them.
I’d like to see them target the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″ (all generations), the Barnes & Noble NookColor, and the current 7″ Kindle Fire.
The Samsung tablets are sleek hardware. So is the NookColor. The Fire is the most popular Android tablet. And by early next year, people should be able to pick up any of these used for about US$99. That would be a very inexpensive entry point for people to experiment with Open webOS.
Update after the break.
Steven Troughton-Smith disagrees with my target devices:
And he points to this:
You probably haven’t heard of 1 or more of the following;
3. iPhone Linux
4. Chromium OS [its been here for over a year]
We managed to port Android to the iPhone 2G, 3G, iPod touch 1G and the 2G is a WIP. Why not iPad? Userland installations via a firmware exploit is possible too [pod2g is working on it for other devices].
This is totally possible and real.
Well that does change things a bit.
I still say go for at least one inexpensive 7″ tablet. People don’t want to risk bricking something that’s expensive.
And if webOS could run on a Retina Display iPad, that would be epic.