Open WebOS Caught Running on Nexus S as Android App (Video)

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  • 28 Nov 2012
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  • Open WebOS is starting to become a popular project, ever since HP released its source code. Developers have been playing with it for a while and now we’ve just spotted the OS running on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and other devices like the ASUS Transformer Prime tablet. Even the Nexus S ran it.

    We also expect to see the OS running on pretty much any Android device one day, after the port is totally finalized. For now it runs as an app and the work has been done by Phoenix Devices. Progress is clear here, in spite of some lag issues. The UI is still pretty slow , since there’s no support for hardware accelerated graphics. Networking is still not finished yet, but the video does show a working lockscreen, settings area, app switching and other core functions.

    The idea is to create a system that completes Android and runs alongside. The developers’ work is focused on allowing the users to switch between Open WebOS and Android seamlessly, without rebooting the phone or tablet. The Phoenix team is made of volunteers and as usual, more help is welcome. Details here.

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