Despite 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.