January 2, 2013 12:33 pm
The Nexus 7 is one of the best tablets currently available, and was surely one of the most exciting developments in the Android world in 2012. But its versatility doesn’t stop at Google’s doorstep, as evidenced by this new Open webOS project currently being ported to the venerable 7-inch tablet. What started out as a slightly awkward Galaxy Nexus port has turned into a fully-fledged opportunity; the team now has the Nexus 7 running Open webOS with WiFi and hardware acceleration enabled, though there is significant slowdown to be found. The 1280×800 pixel screen has also been cut off to make room for a virtual gesture area as the Nexus 7 lacks the ability to detect bezel gestures as on the discontinued TouchPad.
The port is currently in early Alpha and has a long way to go — you still need to boot the thing from a PC, for example — but it’s great to see the touch-friendly OS making its way to modern devices. Perhaps the next stage is the Nexus 10.
The Open webOS project is still being finalized, as HP has only released an early 1.0 version to developers. The company promises to continue making improvements to the now open-source code base, though I wouldn’t count on it coming to new devices anytime soon.
What do you think? Excited for your Android devices to run Open webOS?