When HP made webOS open source a short while ago, it wasn’t expected that much would come of it. After all, there aren’t many people that are still fans of Palm and webOS, and the only reason people really ever bought the TouchPad was to install Android on it. However, that hasn’t prevented a small group of hardcore webOS fans from putting the source to good use, and demonstrating their efforts by running a full build of webOS on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime.
In the video above, you can see the clearly unfinished Galaxy Nexus build, which does little more than boot. WiFi does work, but other than that, things like Bluetooth, cellular functionality, the cameras, and acceleration are still works in progress. The Transformer Prime build is much the same, and is more of a proof of concept than an actual working build.
Still, seeing that there are still dedicated people behind webOS is interesting. For many, the software wasn’t the problem, but Palm and HP’s hardware. Perhaps now that the software is finally open source, we will begin to see dedicated webOS fans porting the OS to some better Android hardware, and maybe even ending up with working builds. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to watch develop, and it is nice to know that the webOS source code isn’t just going to waste.[webOS Nation 1,2]