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HP-owned Gram releases Open WebOS 1.0

Andrew Sadauskas /

Gram, the HP-owned company responsible for development of the Open WebOS platform, has announced the release of Open WebOS 1.0.

WebOS was initially developed by Palm as a replacement for its ageing PalmOS platform, used in Palm Pilot devices.

HP acquired the platform in its takeover of Palm in April 2010 and used the platform for a number of its smartphones, tablets and printers, before releasing the source code under an open source licence as Open WebOS, with development continuing through a wholly-owned subsidiary called Gram.

In a statement, Gram says:

“We now have an OpenEmbedded build that allows a full webOS experience running inside an OE emulator. We have added core applications – email and browser – while continuing to support the desktop build environment.”

“The 1.0 release also brings support for Enyo2. You can now take apps built on one of the best cross-platform JavaScript frameworks and easily run these same apps on Open WebOS or other platforms.”

“In the past nine months, we have delivered over 75 Open WebOS components. This totals over 450,000 lines of code.”

“The source code for Open WebOS can be found in Open WebOS repositories on GitHub.”

“We will continue to innovate and develop for Open WebOS over the coming months, including the following planned enhancements: Qt5 / WebKit2 [support], open sourced media and audio components, BlueZ Bluetooth stack, ConnMan network management [and an] optimized SysMgr rendering architecture.”

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Andrew Sadauskas

Andrew Sadauskas is a former journalist at SmartCompany and a former editor of TechCompany.

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