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  • HP Engineers Allegedly Tested WebOS on iPad 2, Saw Dramatic Performance Increase



    News of HP trying to spin-off its paper-thin-margin PC business and killing WebOS devices shocked the PC world yesterday. The reason for the Touchpad's demise was more than performance, but The Next Web is reporting it was a problem, and WebOS engineers knew it.

    WebOS engineers went as far as to port the OS to an iPad 2 and the results seemed to add insult to injury. WebOS ran nearly twice as fast on the iPad 2 compared to the TouchPad according to the report's source. The constraints of the Touchpad's hardware reportedly stopped the WebOS team fron innovating "beyond certain points" early on. The WebOS team even wanted the Touchpad and Pre smart phones gone before they were released.

    The WebOS team deployed WebOS in Mobile Safari as a web-app, did the same on the Touchpad with its browser, and saw the same speed increase on the iPad over the Touchpad as they did porting WebOS over to the iPad natively.

    While the WebOS team was able to port the OS over to the iPad, it is a difficult process as WebOS is specifically designed for the Snapdragon Qualcomm chipset. If HP intends to license out WebOS to other device manufacturers like it has mentioned it has plans to, streamlining this process is a must.

    But, as HP has mentioned in their recent press releases, their plans for the future of WebOS aren't clear right now and that is possibly the worst thing that could happen. Not having a plan in a marketplace that evolves as quickly as mobile computing does is a death knell.

    Source: The Next Web
    This article was originally published in forum thread: HP Engineers Allegedly Tested WebOS on iPad 2, Saw Dramatic Performance Increase started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Like I said before and I will say it again.
      HP problem is not the WebOS it is the damn management.
      New executive wants to make a mark on the company, so he decides to point company to a different direction. Only way they can do that is to kill his predecessors project which would be WebOS, just so it can not have any success. Did not attempt to save over $1.6 billion spent on a project and kills the project so quickly, don't even hint that they will sell it to someone else and just let it die... Irresponsible management if you ask me.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Well of course it would run on an Apple product... But seriously, I used to think HP made good hardware. Maybe Apple should buy webOS then they could take all the ideas without getting sued or criticized
    1. eightyk88's Avatar
      eightyk88 -
      The device sync and the tap to transfer is exactly what I devices are missing. I like webOS sad to see it go.
    1. rudylo1's Avatar
      rudylo1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      Well of course it would run on an Apple product... But seriously, I used to think HP made good hardware. Maybe Apple should buy webOS then they could take all the ideas without getting sued or criticized




      I think google should buy webOS and call it android 2.0....alot cleaner and that's what android need to do to compete against apple, to clean up the android system and experience!
    1. hapishyguy's Avatar
      hapishyguy -
      I kinda agree with unison. I didnt knew that.
    1. rudylo1's Avatar
      rudylo1 -
      Google buy webOS, you need it!!
    1. jrrtps's Avatar
      jrrtps -
      Well let see the WebOS is consider the best Mobil software in the market and what it´s need is a push for someone like HP
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Nokia needs to drop their Symbian OS and go with this WebOS.
      I am sure HTC would not have a problem build hardware that would run WebOS efficiently as well...
      Plenty of company out there that can design and build a more superior hardware than HP, they could have been the solution for HP to recover some investment into the OS but that is not what HP did. There is something going on in the background of HP that they are not saying, you just do not flush $1.6 billion down the toilet for no reason.
    1. Agrosner's Avatar
      Agrosner -
      Quote Originally Posted by rudylo1 View Post
      I think google should buy webOS and call it android 2.0....alot cleaner and that's what android need to do to compete against apple, to clean up the android system and experience!
      Smarty pants there is already an android 2.0 and there's currently android 3.2 coming out soon
    1. Xenthis's Avatar
      Xenthis -
      Quote Originally Posted by rudylo1 View Post
      I think google should buy webOS and call it android 2.0....alot cleaner and that's what android need to do to compete against apple, to clean up the android system and experience!
      Just fyi.... They are past 2.0

      Agrosner up there beat me to it.
    1. franklos's Avatar
      franklos -
      I think Apple is very dependend on Steve Jobs and HP should keep it all in the fridge.
    1. Piperdog's Avatar
      Piperdog -
      With the thousands and thousands of devices being sent back esp from Bestbuy and other huge stores sending hundres of thousands back the only way to guarantee sales furing the Firesale is to not restrict people to the poor HP app store.

      If someone could break the Touchapd and run android on it (for example) the deivce would be a real bargain at $99 even if the hardware is not as fresh.
    1. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      I want web os on my iPad 2 is it posable.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      I just ran Gears of War 3 on my PS3 just to see how it went...got no results :-(
    1. wittybob's Avatar
      wittybob -
      Quote Originally Posted by bignighttrain View Post
      I want web os on my iPad 2 is it posable.
      No, not if you can't spell POSSIBLE
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wittybob View Post
      no, not if you can't spell possible xd
      lmfao