HP Was Testing webOS On An iPad, And It Ran as a Web App

By , Aug 19, 2011

In a recent report from The Next Web, it’s unveiled that HP tested webOS on the iPad. Yesterday, HP announced that it would be killing the webOS platform.

HP tested webOS as a web app on the iPad. In HP’s testing, webOS ran up to twice as fast on the iPad than it did on the TouchPad. HP tested webOS on the iPad because it believed that its current hardware was too slow for the webOS platform…

“The hardware reportedly stopped the team from innovating beyond certain points because it was slow and imposed constraints, which was highlighted when webOS was loaded on to Apple’s iPad device and found to run the platform significantly faster than the device for which it was originally developed.

With a focus on web technologies, webOS could be deployed in the iPad’s Mobile Safari browser as a web-app; this produced similar results, with it running many times faster in the browser than it did on the TouchPad.”

This is interesting news for many reasons. It shows how the development team for webOS wanted HP devices discontinued before they were released. If HP got webOS to work on the iPad as a web app, then it could proably also run on the iPhone, along with other Android devices.

What do you think? Would you want webOS as a web app on your iPad?

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  • http://www.twitter.com/#/sn0wpod Sn0wpod

    With the small amount of apps, discontinued support of WebOS, and the facts that iOS can do anything WebOS can do (especially jailbroken iOS) I just see no point.

  • inc188

    Where are the jailbreak gurus?

    This would be awesome to have on an ipad. Just for fun.

    Ps – flash

  • Aaron

    this would be cool to try =)

  • Tarek

    Yes it would be interesting to have running on the iPad standalone or as a web app.

    The question, though, is what does it get us? Maybe a good comparison with iOS and then choosing the best features to implement?

  • http://facebook.com/askeric Eric

    So, let me get this straight…….

    HP spent how much for webOS???? Oh yea that’s right $1.2 BILLION (how many employees were laid off to make that purchase?)

    And HP spent that $1.2 B to create a product that was to compete with Apple’s iPad… Right???

    And HP just let the top Brass walk-away from the project (with Golden Parachutes no doubt) because of what reason??? (Because webOS runs much FASTER on an Apple iPad than their own Engineered Hardware!!!!)

    I’m sure the Board of Directors of HP must be putting on their “Witch-Hunt” garb!!!!

    If your an Investor, you may want to reconsider your stock holdings if it isn’t too late!

    This is a $1.2 BILLION DOLLAR FAIL!!!!!!!

    - Eric

  • Phosphorus

    The 1.2 billion dollar does NOT matter.
    They bought a lot of patents so all is well.

    • http://facebook.com/askeric Eric

      Well, I’m glad you and/or your friends were not laid off by HP….

      I’m also glad to know your rich enough to spit on $1.2 Billion – it must be nice! :-D

      - Eric

  • ERIC #2

    At least they didn’t try and launch a sub par device and take a 10 billion dollar loss. You’ve got to know when to walk away… HP is still compeating with Dell and the like, simply for their ability to not make dumba$$ decisions…. But ya, it would be cool to run the webOS… For about 5 min…

  • http://www.sultaninen.ch sultan

    This is most probably a hoax: webOS is designed to work on Qualcomm chipsets, and the iPad runs with 200Mhz slower, and with less RAM than the touchpad. So double the speed? Most certajnly not, running as a Web app? Definitely not as the webOS is a full linux based os. So stop spreading rumors, and stick to the facts: http://www.precentral.net/hp-tested-webos-ipad-it-ran-twice-fast-not-so-fast

  • ReanimationXP

    webOS running within a browser would be absolutely retarded, especially considering there’s no good way to run MobileSafari full screen. On top of that, flash, within webOS, within MobileSafari? wtf?

    Just make it an app. Those who like it could boot straight into it