After revealing that it’d make webOS open source back in December, HP has announced that the platform, renamed Open webOS 1.0, will finally be launching in September 2012.
In a post on the HP Developers Blog, the firm announced that it has taken the first step towards launching the platform – by releasing its Enyo Framework. This free tool enables developers to distribute their Enyo-based webOS apps across other platforms, and is capable of writing apps for mobiles, tablets and even desktop browsers.
“This initial open source release includes Enyo 1.0, which allows current developers of Enyo apps for webOS devices to distribute their apps to other platforms,” the official post explains. “While this release is not intended to be expanded any further, there is considerable utility for our current developer base in releasing it.”
Bill Veghte, executive vice president and chief strategy officer of HP also commented, saying: “HP is bringing the innovation of the webOS platform to the open source community. This is a decisive step toward meeting our goal of accelerating the platform’s development and ensuring that its benefits will be delivered to the entire ecosystem of web applications.”