After having first disclosed that it intends making its now-defunct webOS smartphone platform an open-source project in December, Hewlett-Packard (HP) has recently announced that its webOS source code will most likely be made available under an open-source license by September 2012.
Revealing that the webOS platform and its accompanying developer tools will be released over time and not in one go, HP said that, between now and September, small portions will be made available every month.
The availability of the webOS open source by HP begins with the company’s first release of version 2.0 of the webOS developer tool called ‘Enyo.’ The tool will give the app developers the ability to create webOS apps supported across a wide array of mobile devise and desktop Web browsers, including the popular Apple iOS and Google Android platforms.
The roadmap of the open-source webOS project – which will witness HP making the webOS code available under the Apache License, Version 2.0 - will then include the release of Enyo’s version 2.1 in April; followed by the July release of Enyo 2.2 version. Subsequently, the Open webOS Beta will be released in August, with the release of Open webOS 1.0 scheduled to come up in September.
Noting that HP is “bringing the innovation of the webOS platform to the open source community,” Bill Veghte – the executive VP and chief strategy officer at HP – said: “This is a decisive step toward meeting our goal of accelerating the platform's development and ensuring that its benefits will be delivered to the entire ecosystem of Web applications.”