Phoenix Devices loves webOS, wants it on more devices

Phoenix Devices loves webOS, wants it on more devicesDespite oodles of hype and fanfare, webOS died a horrible death with the release – and almost immediate burial – of the HP TouchPad tablet and Pre 3 (oops, I almost said Palm there) smartphone.

There are official plans afoot to make the operating system open source, but a group of webOS enthusiasts wants – in the words of Billy Idol – more, more, more.

The guys are known as Phoenix Devices (or possibly Phoenix International Communications), and they freakin’ love webOS.

A post on their page explains: “We are a devoted group of people who want to give of our time, skills, and resources in an effort to maintain and foster the growth of the webOS user base.

“We know that HP is going to release Open webOS later this year, and that OpenMobile will solve the ecosystem issue by providing us with the ability to run Android apps, but then what?

“Some will inevitably say: ‘nothing.’—Open webOS will be dead on arrival and we will never see new hardware for it, so we should all just accept that and make a choice between iOS, Android, or Windows Phone.

But rather than sit back and watch webOS fade into obscurity, Phoenix Devices aims to continue where HP left off. They’ll look to address the inadequacies of webOS, fix bugs, and even port the OS to existing hardware.

Sound crazy? It gets crazier still. Ultimately, Phoenix Devices hopes to work with an established manufacturer to bring webOS to new devices.

If nothing else, you have to admire their gusto. Good luck, chaps.

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matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 1, 2012 at 14:50

WebOS is the most superficial OS I've ever used. It looks lovely, but lacks any depth without installed a whole host of tweaks and improvements. Just to get my HP TouchPad to run smoothly I had to crank the CPU up to 1.8ghz....

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 1, 2012 at 21:44

WebOS is the most superficial OS I've ever used. It looks lovely, but lacks any depth without installed a whole host of tweaks and improvements. Just to get my HP TouchPad to run smoothly I had to crank the CPU up to 1.8ghz....

I. Have. No. Idea. What. You. Mean :p

Okay, in fairness - I played with a Touchpad for all of 15 minutes, but the Pre 3 was pretty good. Big weakness (ironic, considering the OS's name) is the browser - probably in a class with Nokia's Symbian webkidder... And there are a few apps that, imho, show off the potential quite beautifully. The Twitter apps are on par with the best iOS has to offer.
But yes, some deadly gaps in the appstore, also: PDF, Docs, photo editing... pretty grim. But I used the Pre more the way one would use a BB - not as a multimedia toy :p

Here, I rub it in: Pre 3 is way superior to the overhyped, slidey/swipey faux MeeGo on Nokia's N9! Faster, more mature, more 'consistent' in terms of UI handling.

jaybear88  Jun. 11, 2012 at 15:31

When you crank it to 1.8ghz, it's far smoother than the iPad though! For normal web browsing, I found it by far the best (when you get the hang of it) of all 3 main OSs. It feels really constricted though when you want to anything else though but phone7 and iOS are just as bad....

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