The mobile industry is an ever-changing landscape. WebOS was one of the first major mobile platforms to fully adopt HTML5 as the future of mobile app development, and of course we wanted to get in early and get a head start. WordPress for webOS launched in mid-2011 and saw many new users in a short period of time. Then HP dropped their new product line, including the TouchPad, and many deemed webOS to be dead. This was definitely not the case.Recently webOS was released as an Open Source HTML5 platform for any app developers to build their apps on. This, while the whole mobile industry is turning more and more to web solutions over native apps and Open Source in favor of proprietary systems. If done right, a webOS app can now run on any tablet or smart phone out there.
With this in mind, we’re saddened by the the recent layoffs in the webOS engineering division at HP. Our thoughts are with all those affected by the layoff. However, we’re still as excited as ever about web technologies and can only see great things happening to webOS and the mobile, Open Source web in the future.