The world's best mobile platform that would not die has finally hit the ground running with the beta release of Open webOS from Gram, the former Palm unit at HP. HP had released a road-map in December 2011 about the fate of the now open-sourced mobile platform. Few thought they would be able to stick with the schedule, with attrition to the Gram team continuing and no new hardware released since the botched release of the Touchpad a year ago and the closure of the hardware making team from Palm.
Yet, the small team from Gram who is still hiring, has managed to release two versions of the famous Palm mobile operating system. One of the version runs as a desktop build environment and is compatible with Linux Ubuntu. The other version, the OpenEmbedded release is self contained and more of a testing platform.
It's 2012, over three years after the initial release of webOS devices, and the platform that challenged Apple's iOS still has features lacking or badly implemented in competitor's mobile OS at Apple, Microsoft, Google and Rim.
It's worth mentioning that since Gram and HP (through the acquisition of Palm) hold the patent on the smartphone, and other precious and core patents on mobile devices such as the patent on searching for a contacts by dialing their initials, airplane mode, three-way conversations, and many more, webOS is virtually shielded from any attack from Apple and other trolling patents war mongers.
It seems that the goals of the Gram team, who will reveal their road-maps and plans for the upcoming year, are to make the installation of webOS ubiquitous on Android hardware.
Still loved by a hardcore group of followers, webOS is the only platform with a dedicated hacking community fully endorsed and supported by HP. As s an open sourced mobile operating system with a track sheet on tablets and phones, and the patents to protect them, webOS may one day save the day of tired OEMs tired of paying a Microsoft or a Android tax.