The folks at WebOS Ports have released a video of open webOS booting and running on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus today, hours after HP announced the code release. As we understand it, the device boots up and Wifi is working, but the core function of things like cellular radios, sensors, and the like aren't yet active. Nor is any soft of graphics acceleration, as you can see from the video.

I'll say this right now -- don't discount this because it looks laggy and, well, sucky. The folks behind the project have had access to the code in beta form for a while, but it tales a lot of time (and the right device) to make something like this happen. When it's ready for public consumption, even at an alpha level, I'm sure the people at WebOS Ports will be there to share and help out. In the meantime, be sure to hit up webOS Nation to keep tabs on how this one plays out.

Source: WebOS Ports; via webOS Nation


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Here's open webOS OE running on a Galaxy Nexus


Looking at my GSM Gnex and thinkin "Just wait soon you to will be back on WebOS". With a smile a mile wide. Full disclosure former Pre owner here. :D

I loved my Palm Pre and Palm Pre 2, and kudos to those with the determination and patience to get this all but dead OS running on current hardware. I guess I just don't have that kind of patience after waiting for years for it to get off the ground, get respect, and for HP to actually try to make it a successful OS. After being disappointed repeatedly over that long stretch, I finally had to move on. I'm glad others have more patience than I did and I hope that patience is born out with something that really does bear fruit. But I can't say that I'm all that hopeful.

I just wish people knew to take videos in landscape mode, and not portrait. The letter boxing is horrible! Otherwise, it's awesome to see WebOS on mobile again, love my touchpad!

The thing being recorded is in portrait itself, so recording the video in landscape wouldn't make it any better on your computer monitor.

However, those watching this on tablets and smartphones get a bigger picture in portrait, so something like this only makes sense to record in portrait.


Was watching this on my phone and holding it in it's natural portrait form. Had a better (but still blurry) view.

I never had a chance to fumble around with WebOS but do know some of its far earlier roots. BeOS before being acquired by Palm. The BeOS had one slick home brew TCP stack among other technologies. Far ahead of its time, but squashed by Microsoft.

My question is, what is the significance of this. I get that this is a huge accomplishment, but is there going to be enough development to be able to dual boot for those of us former webos refugees that have a need for nostalgia?

This. If I can dual boot it, and it gets far enough along, I am definitely down to try it out for a good while. Doesn't seem worth it to get another device to try it on, and I have too many apps that aren't available on WebOS to try and rely on it. But there's multiple pieces of WebOS that I always loved, and I always had higher hopes for WebOS than ever came of it. If I can dual boot and run WebOS when I want and Android when I want, then that's complete win.

Seeing as how my HP Touchpad can dual-boot WebOS and ICS on the same file system without issue, I don't see why dual booting would be a problem...

I've never used WebOS (*gasp*). What are its advantages over Android? As far as the OS, not the phones that come preloaded with it.

I think most would agree that it is still the best multi-tasking mobile OS (though Android has done a lot of work to catch up) and it has a pretty enjoyable UI (that's obviously subjective). There are other advantages that are too technical for my limited understanding, but as a current touchpad user, it's a great OS that really deserves a real shot at something.

Compared to Gingerbread, it's way better. Compared to ICS and Jellybean, not so much.

This is due to the fact that the guy who was responsible for most of the interesting parts of the WebOS UI, Matias Duarte ( left Palm and went to work on the Holo interface and updated notifications that've found their way into Jellybean. In particular, Jellybean's expanded notification state for things like the music player, emails, and calendar, remind me A LOT of the way WebOS did notifications. He's likely responsible for the updated ICS task manager as well where you can swipe the apps to the side to close them, as WebOS allows you to slide apps up to close them in a similar fashion.

I really liked WebOS and used it cause I found Android 2.3 and below utterly unusable. But I like ICS and JB well enough that I feel Android finally caught up on the UI aspect of the mobile interface.

can some1 pliz start porting this to GS3, on sprint!!! it will make my year, i miss webOS... im still saying that Google should have bought Palm!!!

Well, Considering that they poached Mathias Duarte and the lion's share of the Palm (and then Enyo) team from HP, I'd say that for all intent's and purposes they DID buy Palm. Just not their IP.

Ironically, I was originally VERY excited when HP bought Palm. Of course, that was back when Mark Hurd, a man with a real vision for mobile, was still running the show at HP. After the old cronies on the HP board who disliked him managed to wrangle a fake reason for his ouster (false ethical complaints over a nonexistent affair) and installed that idiot Apotheker, all bets were off.

It still blows my mind that Mark Hurd was ousted over such flimsy evidence and with the excuse that his "affair" could cost the company millions of dollars, and then the board hired Apotheker, who lost the shareholders over 10 BILLION dollars in company value in the space of 6 months, not to mention completely wiping out the 4 billion dollar investment in Palm in the same time frame. MORONS!

I really liked webos when I had a pre... however I like the plethora of apps available under Android...

I'm too heavily invested in android to go back.

I feel I am in the same boat, but I know there's a lot I'm willing to give up in order to go back. If only android apps ran on webOS...

Def! I remember webos, in all honesty though I never got what the draw was. Yes it had "true multitasking" and synergy, but once you got past those two things there wasn't much else to it. If you didn't patch the hell out of it, the phone itself was useless. well the pre- was anyway.

I remeber getting my pre- in june 09. It crashed 3 times in the sprint store, so they tried another one, and it only crashed once. It was weird though they announced it in jan of 09' but 6 months later it still felt rushed. I'm sure the hardware had something to do with it, but the software was buggy, laggy, and just generally did not work well. I just needed a phone that actually works, amd webos was just a really bad experience.

What you are describing was almost entirely a hardware problem. Basically, the Pre minuses were massively UNDER powered for their needs, and thus they ran into all sorts of problems. When you put WebOS onto even moderately decent hardware (Such as the Pre3 or the Touchpad) It performs FAR better. However, with only a few tweaks (and with WebOS, the tweaks were quite easy to load up. No complicated or risky rooting needed. You literally CANNOT "brick" a Pre.) WebOS became much more responsive and useful.

Then again, It's not like Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread or Honeycomb were exactly bug-free and with always fantastic hardware either. ICS was a HUGE improvement for Android (It took ICS to tear my Pre- from my hands) but mostly because of WebOS influence via Mathias Duarte. JB has been building upon ICS's improvements, but as Mathias himself has admitted, they STILL have a very long way to go with Android.

So let's not kick WebOS while it's down. Yes, you had a bad experience, but it was not WebOS at fault. It was the very well documented crappy hardware.

I miss Web OS & also wish that Android would buy Web OS from Palm/HP and integrate the features with Android. The gesture swipe feature was amazing because you could swipe to go back and forth in any app or to switch between apps. The multitasking and UI was smooth. Being able to text and IM from the stock messaging app was great. Their universal search was great also. Their are many other unique features that Web OS had that I missed and would be great with Android.

Meh... as soon as GB was available on the TouchPad I never booted webOS again... lack of apps and widgets killed it for my tablet experience. I guess this is great for the handful of people still dreaming for a huge future of webOS, but they should finally realize that it will NEVER become mainstream and will remain a tinkerer's OS. I would agree that there are still a couple of minor things that Android can incorporate from it though.