| BY THE APPLE GIRL
HP recently announced that it will be open sourcing its mobile operating system, Web OS, which it purchased from Palm last year. Earlier the company had announced that it would spin off the PC business and exit the smart phone and tablet business. Then HP reversed its decision on PC business. After the runaway fire sale success and the new CEO’s decision to keep the PC business, there has been a lot of speculation about HP’s plans with Web OS. In my opinion, HP is headed in the right direction by making Web OS an open source software (wonder if this was due to lack of buyers).
Web OS may now have new enhancements and new versions in the future (This is good news for those that got the HP TouchPad in the fire sale). Because of the “open source”ing Web OS may also effectively compete with Google’s Android OS, on which most of the tablet hardware manufacturers rely on.
HP’s new CEO, Meg Whitman, also confirmed that HP will not enter the smart phone market but the company is planning to use Web OS in its future tablet products.