Open WebOS is a mobile operating system based on a Linux kernel, initially developed by Palm, which was later acquired by Hewlett-Packard and then LG Electronics. The official name is webOS, uncapitalised, but WebOS is also used. Palm launched WebOS in January 2009, then called Palm WebOS. Various versions of WebOS have been featured on several devices, including Pre, Pixi, and Veer phones and the HP TouchPad tablet. The latest version, 3.0.5, was released on January 12, 2012.

After the failure of the HP TouchPad and the proposed sale of the HP Personal Systems Group, HP made the platform open source, and it became Open WebOS. Code specific to the existing devices was released as WebOS Community Edition (CE), with support for the existing HP hardware. Open WebOS includes open source libraries designed to target a wider range of hardware.

As of February 25, 2013 it was announced that HP is selling WebOS to LG Electronics, who plan to use the operating system for its "smart" or Internet-connected TVs. However HP will still hold on to patents underlying WebOS as well as cloud-based services such as the App Catalog.

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Web OS - Platform
... Underneath the graphical user interface, WebOS has much in common with mainstream Linux distributions ... components used by the different releases of WebOS, as well as the source code of and patches applied to each component, is available at the Palm Open ... This page also serves as a reference listing of the versions of WebOS that have been publicly released ...
Web OS - Development
... 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 ... With this SDK, developers are able to make applications for a variety of WebOS devices including the HP Veer and the HP Touchpad ...
Web OS - Background
... Palm launched WebOS in January 2009 as the successor to Palm OS ... The first WebOS device was the original Palm Pre, released by Sprint in June 2009 ... In April 2010, HP acquired Palm WebOS was described as a key asset and motivation for the purchase ...
Palm Pre - Reception
... Users expressed intense concern about the slow pace of webOS upgrade releases and the absence of substantially improved hardware ... or business reasons for the slow release of the webOS 2 upgrade for existing phones, and a concern that when eventually released the webOS 2 upgrade would be incompatible with PalmOS emulation ...