A bit of a mobile software bombshell dropped overnight with news that some key members of HP's newly open-sourced Enyo team moving to Google, The Verge first reported Thursday evening. Enyo, as you're probably not aware, is the HTML framework that lived and (mostly) died with the Palm TouchPad and was later made open-source with the death of that project. Enyo also makes it relatively easy for webOS-type apps to make their way to, oh, say, Android, which we very quickly saw in apps like Paper Mache.

HP gave the following statement to our sister site, webOS Nation:

"We’re pleased with the traction Enyo has gained to date and plan to continue its development along with the open source community. The Open webOS project is on schedule and we remain committed to the roadmap announced in January.”

The question now is what will that mean for Android in the bigger scheme of things. It's probably a little early to tell, but one can never have too many kick-ass software types supporting its platform. And Palm (erm, HP), for all its faults certainly wasn't lacking in that department. Stick around. this one could get interesting.

Source: The Verge; more: webOS Nation

There are 15 comments

dtreo says:

Thanks, Phil. Now back to putting your finishing touches on "The Review."


Glenuendo says:

Coming from a webOS fanboy, this sucks. It is most likely over for that operating system.

Suntan says:

"It is most likely over for that operating system."

As another webOS fan, let me be the first to say, "Welcome to two years ago."


cstam says:

I was a die hard fan. I tried to convert plenty of people over to WebOS and still think it was well ahead of its time (and its hardware, unfortunately. 95 seconds to boot up a pre, remember that?). I miss many things like truly universal search and cards, especially after they updated it and grouped the cards. Why can't there be better google apps integration into the universal search on android?
If I hit search and type an address or city, it should know or at least give me an option to search google maps, etc.
But Suntan is exactly right, everyone in the WebOS community knew it was dead 2 years ago when android finally became a viable alternative to apple and Palm's hardware still sucked and wasn't getting upgraded fast enough.

mech1164 says:

I started out on an OG iPhone. Then I saw what the pre was going to be and was waiting online to be one of the firsts. Yes I knew it wasn't perfect but the promise of updates and fixes kept me going. One year later I was running for my new OG Evo. As much as was enamored with WebOS I needed something that worked. For all Androids issues it was quite functional.

Then late last year Duarte shows off ICS and I was bouncing off the walls seeing WebOS done by android. Is it WebOS, no its not. It is though very good for what it is. Now if we have more of the people that helped in making wEBOS Enyo come on board. that will mean Jelly Bean will be that much better and hopefully closer to what I had before I left for Android.

Part of me though can't help but feel sad for Palm. To say that it has been the red headed stepchild of HP is an understatement. Maybe they can pick up the pieces over there. At this point it's going to be darker before it gets lighter.

brendilon says:

Another former WebOSer... I still believed it was the best OS and by far the best UI... but that hardware... eesh! I liked the Ore's design (and physical keyboard) but it was too slow and too small and backed by too small a company. I still wish Google had bought Palm instead and integrated Android and WebOS into one dream OS...

BIGsinner says:

I agree with you. I loved my Palm Pre! And you're right, unfortunately, it was the hardware, that pretty much killed the WebOS. When it first came out it 2009, the WebOS was clearly superior to the iOS and Android. A lot of the features that users take for granted now on their phones, (including non-obtrusive notifications) came initially from the WebOS. WebOS had such great features right out of the gate, that it pained me to see it dogged by poor marketing, poor quality hardware, and a exclusive contract with a carrier that didn't have the numbers to push it to be the premier phone it deserved to be. Combined with the lack of financial reserves, it couldn't compete with Apple's incumbent status as the leader of smartphones, nor Android's brute force of its OS being on several phones at once. I think, with the right leadership, Palm could have been able to bring webOS as a leading and premier smartphone OS, instead of a footnote.

Dutchmasta says:

ohh good ol' WebOS... i will sum up Palm's failure in one statement: I went though 7 Pres in just under 2 years.

TBolt says:

Great image. lol.

kx250ryder says:

It's good that webOS staff is getting brought to Android. But lest we forget that the real reason any webOS device got used for more than a month was because of webOS Internals. Although it had awesome multitasking, linked contacts, and notifications out of the box webOS was horribly slow and needed an average of 50 patches from Preware to make any given user happy.

The people Android needs to lure in at any cost are Rod Whitby and Jason Robitaille.

Disgustoid says:

Robitaille is currently interning for HP. At this rate, he'll be leading the webOS team soon.

chronophilos says:

Every now and then I toy with the idea of buying an unlocked webOS device to use as a secondary device just for fun. I still remember that coming from the Pre, my first couple of weeks with the Evo were difficult, I felt I had to do too much tapping and too much delving into menus and submenus. Eventually Android won me over. I occasionally pick up and charge my old Pre and I can't help but be amazed at how slow that thing was.

palmcrash says:

Another former die-hard WebOS'er here. I only hope these devs can bring WebOS-style functionality and features to Android. I love my GN, but its interface still sucks compared to WebOS.

phillysdon04 says:

I am also a previous WebOS user and I also miss some of the cool thing that it could do. Senergy, Cards, Gestures, Homebrew....

prediscover says:

It might even be safe to say that 5% of this community is made up of webos fans alone :P