updated 01:55 pm EST, Fri December 9, 2011
HP to open-source webOS code
HP at its all-hands meeting Friday said it was open-sourcing webOS. Both the Enyo app framework and the OS itself would be published under a license. The company expected to "continue to be active" in making and supporting webOS, but mobile hardware would have to come from others.
"By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices," CEO Meg Whitman said in a statement.
The move keeps the former Palm team working at HP and could see third-party phone makers take up webOS as an alternative to Android. For HP, though, it marks the more formal end to any near-term plans for webOS phones and tablets. The failure of the TouchPad at its pre-cancellation prices led to an abrupt stop to production, but hopes had existed that former CEO Leo Apotheker's forced exit would revive devices. Rumors had circulated of talks with Intel and others to sell the division and restart internal hardware work.
Sony Ericsson has said it wouldn't rule out using webOS in the future, although it's currently only devoted to Android.