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HP announces webOS will become open sourced

by | Dec 19, 2011

To improve applications for future mobile devices, Hewlett-Packard recently announced it will continue to develop its webOS software and offer the operating system to the open source community.

According to an HP announcement, the goals of offering webOS as an open source platform include several operating principles, such as governance to avoid fragmentation, as well as to accelerate the operating system among the community of developers and manufacturers.

“webOS is the only platform designed from the ground up to be mobile, cloud-connected and scalable,” said HP president and CEO Meg Whitman. “By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices.”

One of the areas HP hopes to capitalize on with webOS is the burgeoning tablet industry. Despite lackluster sales for its TouchPad device, the company dropped its pricing earlier this year from $399 and $499 to $99 and $149 for its 16GB and 32GB models, generating feverish demand.

According to a ConsumerAffairs report released in August, many consumers had difficultly locating or successfully completing online purchases of the TouchPad because of high demand for the device’s lower price point.