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Core webOS Enyo Team Jumps Ship to Google

By - Source: AllThingsD | B 14 comments

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.

Enyo is the HTML5-based application JavaScript framework for webOS that made its first appearance on the TouchPad last year. It allows developers to build and maintain HTML5 applications of any size and complexity -- meaning that resulting apps will work on the Web or a mobile device. But with the team now bailing out on the company, the future of webOS is now up in the air.

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.

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    Shin-san , May 26, 2012 3:26 PM
    Well, the Android layout engine is XML-based. I don't think it would be that hard to shift it over to HTML5
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    shloader , May 26, 2012 3:34 PM
    Meg is just continuing what Leo started; destroying HP from the inside. She's just doing it in a different method so people think she has an entirely different agenda. Long term results will be identical. Well it's either that or she's a raving idiot.
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    blazorthon , May 26, 2012 3:59 PM
    Lovely_LisaMeg Whitman is officially dumber than a box of rocks ... I wasn't quite convinced when she bought Skype while at eBay. Now I'm convinced. If you open-source your OS, you don't fire half the team, thinking "hey I just keep the good ones". Because, that's how they (the engineers) and your competition (Google) know that they are good. Google probably just saved millions in html5 development. And HP now has an OS that will probably die, losing their entire investment and losing the potential for any future revenue. Dumb ... dumb .... dumb.

    Don't forget, she said that she believes that Google is going to make Android closed-source. I think that her apparent ignorance (be it true or not) was already official.
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    Thunderfox , May 26, 2012 4:32 PM
    And the worst thing about this is that WebOS is better than Android... too bad it never had a chance.
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    clivene09 , May 26, 2012 5:24 PM
    I would personally hope for some of WebOS' goodness making an appearance in Android. I bought a touchpad during the fire-sale. I absolutely love the design of the system, but the lack of app support pretty much forces people to install android on it in order to get the same functionality as other tablets.
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    razor512 , May 26, 2012 8:33 PM
    hopefully they continue to develop it. Sad that just as the webos devices began to die off, I ended up liking webos 3 more than android in terms of the UI.

    If you have not used webos 3, it is worth trying out (at least try the emulator of it)

    it it has one of the more well designed UI's (though the apps need improvement)

    I would love for there to be an android version with the webOS shell
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    memadmax , May 26, 2012 9:43 PM
    WebOS could be a very popular OS given the right TLC....
    I think HP doesn't know what to do with it....
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    someoneelse , May 26, 2012 10:18 PM
    Isn't this just google buying up the competition?

    WebOS could have been a serious problem to android. But a company with can stop almost any rival.
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    someoneelse , May 26, 2012 10:22 PM
    Double post due to hyper link not working and removing text

    Isn't this just google buying up the competition?

    WebOS could have been a serious problem to android. But a company with $58billion in cash reserves can stop almost any rival.
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    halcyon , May 27, 2012 12:05 AM
    Too much drama. I'll just continue to "suffer" with my 3rd gen iPad.
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    Northwestern , May 27, 2012 6:20 AM
    memadmaxWebOS could be a very popular OS given the right TLC....I think HP doesn't know what to do with it....


    It's pretty damn obvious HP is handling it horribly. The OS is extremely great and can be made into the hands of the everyday person if it was handled by a company that can use it correctly and not a company that fumbles with it.
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    halcyon , May 27, 2012 10:38 AM
    halcyonToo much drama. I'll just continue to "suffer" with my 3rd gen iPad.

    Well, look. While the iPad is not the platform of choice here at least iOS is fairly stable and device owners get updates on time. We may not have as much freedom to tinker with the OS as you WebOS and Android folks but for a lot of us that's not something we need or miss. IOS isn't the best, but its easy to use, stable, consistent, and it works.
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    eddieroolz , May 28, 2012 12:52 PM
    Oh ho ho, sneaky move there Google. Intent on copying more ideas, I see.
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    blazorthon , May 28, 2012 3:03 PM
    eddieroolzOh ho ho, sneaky move there Google. Intent on copying more ideas, I see.

    How is Google copying anything by hiring these people? That's a load of BS and you know it. Just because a company hires people who were previously working for another company doesn't mean that Google is going to copy ideas owned by HP. Google saw that HP had some good employees who would be wasting their time and skills at a company like HP, so in order to take advantage of their skills, Google hired them. There's nothing wrong with that and its not sneaky. I can't even think of a single large company who hasn't hired employees who've worked for other companies at some time. If you want to accuse Google of something because of their hiring of former HP employees, then you'll have to accuse all companies of something over this.
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