WebOS ported to Nexus 7
webOS was acquired by HP and was supposed to become a potential contender against the first-gen iPhone’s iOS. Yet, the platform did not see much of development, hence Android became fast the dominant platform in the smartphone industry. Indeed, some developers are still trying to port webOS on a variety of Android devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Barnes & Noble Nook Color. If you happen to follow this story, you might be glad to learn that webOS is now being ported to the Google Nexus 7.
The port is still in alpha stages, and this means it’s not yet a usable operating system as hardware acceleration does not work yet. Still, the alpha port has the following working functionalities: Wi-Fi, brightness settings, gestures, and even features the webOS keyboard. It uses Open webOS, and uses work by the LibHybris group, as well as inputs from developers involved in Merprojects, FreeSmartphone and SHR project.
The port is untethered, which means you can run webOS on your Nexus 7 even without the device tethered to a computer. Booting up is tethered, though, which means you will have to boot up webOS via desktop computer.
Check out the demo video below.