A big chunk of HP's Enyo team has been hired on by Google. What does that mean for Open webOS?
The HP drama just doesn't stop. In the latest episode with the struggling company, members of the team behind Enyo will be leaving HP and heading over to Camp Google.
HP is officially denying any problems, claiming that HP will remain committed to the Open webOS project and that everything is still on track. "We're pleased with the traction Enyo has gained to date and plan to continue its development along with the open source community," HP said in a statement. "The Open webOS project is on schedule and we remain committed to the roadmap announced in January."
Initially it was believed that the entire Enyo team was heading to Google. But as Friday rolled on past noon, additional sources indicated that Enyo head Matt McNutty and several members of the team will be those that depart. While that may not sound utterly apocalyptic, sources claim this departing group was responsible for 99-percent of the code.
AllThingsD offers even more insight as to what may have happened. The report claims that the departing team contains over half a dozen members that have already been hired on by Google, and will start their new jobs next month. Instead of striking a deal with HP to acquire the technology, Google instead talked with individual workers over the past month. Each one was hired individually, and will reform as a group next month.
Currently it's unclear as to what the new team will be working on, but Google has been a big proponent of HTML5 apps. The search giant could be trying to boost its Chrome OS effort even more, or have the team sling HTML5 apps onto Android.
HP's webOS unit has suffered significant layoffs and voluntary departures since the beginning of 2012. These included former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein and others in the business and engineering ranks.