HP To Rebrand WebOS As Gram
HP is giving up on WebOS, an operating system that from now on will be developed by an independent company, under the name of Gram.
After HP acquired Palm for $1.2 billion in July 2010, the Palo Alto-based company wasn’t able to exploit the full potential of the smartphone maker.
In 2011, HP officially announced the production of the WebOS smartphones and TouchPad will be halted, then issued a press statement saying that the mobile operating system will become open source.
Even though WebOS is not dead for good, HP’s announcement confirms that the mobile operating system will be rebranded as Gram, writes CNET.
Martin Risau, HP Senior Vicepresident, announced the company’s employees, encouraging them to promote the Gram brand, even though the company is continuing its activity in “stealth mode.”
The WebOS rebranding to Gram will not affect the company’s plans, so WebOS will become an open-source OS after all, in an attempt to attract the developers in the same way Google did with Android.
WebOS is an operating system developed by the US-based company Palm, acquired in 2012 by Hewlett Packard. WebOS is an operating system developed for tablets and smartphones and is underpinned by a Linux platform, also containing a lot of proprietary Palm components.
The world’s first smartphone running on WebOS was introduced on January 8th, 2009, in Las Vegas, at Consumers Electronics Show technology fair. The Palm Pre smartphone, based on WebOS was made available for purchase on the US market on June 6th, 2009.