Much like the Linux or Windows operating system controls your desktop or laptop computer,  a mobile operating system is the software platform on top of which other programs can run on mobile devices. A mobile operating system, also called a mobile OS, it is an operating system that is designed specifically to run on mobile devices such as mobile phones, smartphones, PDAs, tablet computers and other software devices.

Palm webOS is Palm’s proprietary mobile operating system running on the Linux kernel.

Initially it was developed by Palm, which later got acquired by Hewlett-Packard. The official name is webOS, uncapitalised, but WebOS is also used. Palm launched webOS in January 2009. Various versions of webOS have been featured on several devices, including Pre, Pixi, and Veer phones and the HP TouchPad tablet.

After the HP Touchpad’s firesale, HP planed to make WebOS open source. It was then named Open WebOS to indicate that it’s now open source. In the June update of the Open WebOS blog, WebOS released WebOS Community Edition also known as WebOS CE. It allowed people to modify the HP TouchPad to make it better and then use that knowledge to apply on Open WebOS.

After WebOS Community Edition was released it was stated that Open WebOS will not be supporting existing WebOS devices therefore WebOS Community Edition would be the current WebOS’s open source package where people can still keep WebOS alive by fixing bugs,security patches, and many more things. It was also stated that WebOS Community Edition will be available through Preware Installation.

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HP provides resources for webOS developers and instructions for enrolling in the HP Palm Developer Program. The latest version of the webOS SDK is version 3.0.5. It can be downloaded directly from HP Palm’s development center. With this SDK, developers are able to make applications for a variety of webOS devices including the HP Veer and the HP Touchpad. Included in the SDK is also the PDK, which grants developers access to compilers, coding libraries, scripts, utilities, and documents that aid in C/C++ development. Applications can also be written in HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS using either the Mojo or Enyo framework. The webOS Development Center also has quick start guides that help ease the transition from iOS, web, and C/C++ development.


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