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webOS Makes Comeback on Google Nexus S

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Port of HP's "Next Generation Web Centric Platform" now in pre-Alpha stage.

Thanks to a dedicated set of volunteers, WebOS, HP's "Next Generation Web Centric Platform", has made its comeback on the Android-powered Google Nexus S smartphone.

A team named the Phoenix International Communications has worked together to create a port of WebOS that runs over the top of Android on smartphones.

Currently, it works on the Samsung-developed Google Nexus S. It functions as an application on the device; however, judging from the video posted below, it still has some way to go to become a full release. The reason for its incomplete form is due to the fact that it's currently a pre-Alpha build.

HP offered webOS to the open source community towards the latter stages of 2011, with September seeing the firm release an open source beta version for developers, which was soon followed by webOS 1.0. However, it failed to garner any traction with developers or the community.



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    kawininjazx , November 28, 2012 7:25 PM
    Woop dee doo Basil.
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    scythe944 , November 28, 2012 7:26 PM
    Man, I really hope this comes back with some great hardware and dev support. It was a really great mobile OS.
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    derekullo , November 28, 2012 7:58 PM
    The tablet i am making by myself is also in the Pre-Alpha stage.
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    koga73 , November 28, 2012 8:20 PM
    @scythe944 I agree.
    I had a palm pre when they came out and I really liked the OS. It was a shame the hardware was shit. The challenge is getting developers to create apps. Without apps the platform is useless.
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    warbler boy , November 28, 2012 8:42 PM
    I have an HP Touchpad (which I love) & a Nexus S. Hmmm... No I'm too afraid to do this. Maybe if I had 2 Nexus S phones.
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    K2N hater , November 28, 2012 10:24 PM
    Let's hope it's successful at last.

    By the way, screw HP!
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    tubepassenger , November 29, 2012 10:05 AM
    The author of this article, Zak Islam, needs to brush up on his research skills. Open webOS was released just a few months ago. Not 2011.
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    nhat11 , November 29, 2012 10:58 AM
    K2N haterLet's hope it's successful at last.By the way, screw HP!

    HP developed the OS and then released it open source. That's F'd up saying that.
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    belardo , November 30, 2012 7:54 AM
    HP didn't develop anything. They totally screwed up.
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    Anonymous , November 30, 2012 3:35 PM
    this article is incomplete and not entirely accurate.

    up-to-date webOS Open Source info can be found here:

    webOS was and still is a great mobile OS, and is being developed slowly and carefully by those who recognize its potential.
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