In a move to boost its Chrome OS with HTML5 apps, Google (News - Alert) has acquired the team responsible for the development of the Open source webOS Enyo HTML5 application framework at HP. After purchasing the original creator of the operating system, Palm, last year, HP announced it will be abandoning tablet and smartphone plans and go open source. By releasing the webOS code to the open source community, HP no longer needed its hardware engineers and has been letting them go since February.
Over the past month, Google has offered individual workers of the webOS team contracts to join the Internet search giant. The team which will consist of at least six members who are responsible for 99 percent of the webOS code, will be led by the man formerly in charge of the webOS team at HP, Matt McNulty. While it is still unclear what they will be doing at Google, it is likely that their experience will come in handy in further enhancing Android (News - Alert), in addition to the Chrome Web Store developer framework.
What does the future hold for webOS? Will HP continue with its efforts to launch the open source framework in the coming months? In an official statement, HP reiterated its commitment saying: “We’re pleased with the traction Enyo has gained to date and plan to continue its development along with the open source community. The Open webOS project is on schedule and we remain committed to the roadmap announced in January.”
Enyo allows developers to create webOS applications that are browser independent, effectively eliminating the need for WebKits. By going open source, HP hopes that OEMs will produce their own hardware similar to Android. HP has broken down the webOS schedule with a series of monthly milestones. With the major release of the webOS 1.0 expected in September, HP continues to offer downloads for different upgrades and releases.
Edited by Carrie Schmelkin