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Open webOS Might Have a Future Now

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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.

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