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HP WebOS Is Going Open Source
You may have never heard of HP WebOS, and rightfully so. Despite its underdog status, the operating system has tons of potential and ideas that could be put into action to make this OS a true competitor to the mainstream alternatives.
This summer, HP abandoned the TouchPad, letting the 16GB model go for as little as $100. In context, that's a tablet with a 1.5Ghz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM , one of the most powerful tablets on the market, going for the price of a cheap 7-inch Android tablet from a Chinese basement (don't ever buy one of those). After certain ROM cooks on various online communities figured out how to get Android running on this diamond in the rough, it sold out like hotcakes, making HP consider bringing it back.
Fast forward to now, HP have announced that WebOS is going open source. This could elevate the popularity of HP WebOS to epic proportions. It has a ton of potential for apps and a strong community of third party developers would go a long way towards realizing it. After all, WebOS was developed by Chilean American designer Matias Duarte, one of the geniuses behind Android. Coincidentally, open source is a big reason why Android is dominating the smartphone market.
Unofficial ROMs for the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich are sure to hit the TouchPad very soon as well, so that means the popularity of HP's tablet may very well skyrocket in the near future. If you're thinking about getting a tablet, TouchPads are still sold relatively cheap, so now is probably a good time to get one.
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