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I am a big webOS fan. I think it's the best mobile platform available, and the Palm Pre 2 is still one of the best smartphones out there. The Pre 3 is even better, but was never officially available.

 

Now that webOS is open source, what do you think will happen to it? Will we see features like cards folded into other OS's like Android? Will we see a new webOS phone once Open webOS is mature?

 

I think OEMs may pick up webOS as the platform matures. but more likely it will die on the vine. What do you think?

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I haven't seen any movement yet on webos since declaring it open source. I think I'm skeptical it will get legs under it.

 

Robert via CM9 Kindle Fire using Forum Runner

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I think it would take a lot to get it back up and moving. With Android also open source, and having the market share, mature development community for apps and games, google play media offerings, etc. it is really going out on a limb for any OEM to even attempt a webOS phone.

 

Also, with the OS being all but dead for this long, I can't imagine that it would even be competitive anymore without major work and upgrades. iOS and Android are constantly evolving and tweaking and adding.

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I'm pretty sure webos is dead. Let it go. When you have HP's CEO calling the WebOS purchase a "detour" you know it's over. It'll be an OS people wistfully remember as being great and never getting a fair shot. Which it really didn't. But, it seems like a lot of the ideas that webOS had that made it interesting are finding their ways into the other major OSes.

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I'm pretty sure webos is dead. Let it go. When you have HP's CEO calling the WebOS purchase a "detour" you know it's over. It'll be an OS people wistfully remember as being great and never getting a fair shot. Which it really didn't. But, it seems like a lot of the ideas that webOS had that made it interesting are finding their ways into the other major OSes.

 

I think you hit the nail squarely on the head with that response. Enough said.

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It has a cult following. Like movies that most people didn't care for, but a small group thinks they were great and doesn't understand why it bombed in the box office. LOL

 

I remember Beta lasting in the corner of the video store for years too. Those crazy cults.

 

Robert

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LG buys WebOS from HP.

 

" LG has acquired the webOS source code along with ”related documentation, engineering talent, and related webOS websites” from HP. The vendor reportedly only has plans to use the operating system on smart TVs, but as we’ve learned numerous times in the past, nothing is set in stone when it comes to webOS.

 

http://bgr.com/2013/...tion-hp-343175/

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Agree, its dead.

 

But the wrecklessness shown by HP when they purchased Palm disgusts me. There were aspects of Palm that had a chance at a future if married to the right company

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