It seems webOS is alive and well folks, but this time as an Android app, thanks to the enthusiasts at Phoenix International Communications, who have managed to port webOS on to a Samsung Nexus S, running as an app inside Android. Apparently it’s a pre-alpha so there’s still a couple issues here and there, but if you’ve been itching for some Palm Pre interaction on your Android device, this allows you to switch between Google’s OS and webOS without having to reboot. Check out the uber nerdiness, in the video right below:
PIC developers are continuing to work hard, this is a video update of Open webOS for Android. Many things are still under development, like hardware acceleration, and the network framework.
“PIC’s approach in this project differs from that currently being pursued in other porting projects such as the Galaxy Nexus by webOS Ports, in that rather than have webOS exist separately from Android and provide an alternate boot option, our implemention aims for more of an integration with the Android operating system. Our vision for this project envisions a scenario in which users are able to switch quickly between the two systems without having to reboot, presenting a more convenient way for those webOS users who rely on Android apps to be able to access them. In addition, this will also potentially provide better access to phone specific hardware for which good driver options are not available for webOS.
Our developers have put a lot of work in over the past couple weeks to make this proof of concept a reality, but as you can imagine it will take a lot more work to bring our vision to fruition, and we are constantly on the lookout for new volunteers willing to devote their time to this important project. If you’re passionate about webOS and have solid knowledge and experience in either the Linux Kernel and OS, the inner workings of the Android OS, or the GNU toolchain, we would love to get you involved – just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org”