Hewlett-Packard’s webOS team hacked iPad 2 to install webOS only to find out that Apple’s hardware runs their mobile operating system more than twice as fast compared to their own TouchPad hardware, a source “close to the subject” told The Next Web.
It should be pointed out that webOS runs on single core Qualcomm ARM chips while iPad 2 runs on dual core Samsung silicon.
The finding had devastating effects on the team’s moral:
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.
According to Next Web, the source also indicated that HP also had plans to release a 7-inch version of the TouchPad, the TouchPad Go. With yesterday’s announcement it’s unknown whether it will ever see a public launch now. “We’ve also heard that HP in fact already had the next generation of TouchPad in the works. The details are very fuzzy here but we believe that it would be a lighter model with a higher-resolution ‘retina’ display and a metal body. Nothing out of the ordinary if HP truly wanted to make a splash with its next potential offering,” said Next Web.
With development stopping on future HP webOS devices, the webOS team face an uncertain future. HP has said it will license the platform, prompting suggestions that smartphone vendors including HTC and Samsung could look to the operating system given the recent developments between Google and Motorola.