The team that HP has been working on the open WebOS project have delivered a beta version, right on schedule.
The Beta is comprised of 54 webOS components, and the source code is released under Apache 2.0 license.
The release includes two distinct development environments labelled desktop and mobile. The desktop environment runs on Ubuntu Linux and is designed to be primarily for developing the OS and apps.
The mobile development environment uses OpenEmbedded standards and comes with an ARM emulator. This is meant for those developing OS ports for various devices.
While the team continues to build the platform with the community’s help, the first stable release of the OS is expected soon.
The HP webOS 3.0.5 update enhances core apps like Email and Calendar, improves the video calling experience, and fixes additional bugs. Faster switching between Day, Week, and Month views, and faster event display in Calendar. Faster scrolling when reading an email message. Email attachments are now saved with draft messages. Added sender photos and IM presence indicators in Email.
Improved stability when watching video in the Web app. Improved handling of MP3s that are transferred from a computer using USB Drive mode. Added a dedicated view of contacts available for a video call, for quicker setup of a video call.
New alert when video quality might be lower because of network issues. When typing, pressing the spacebar twice inserts a period. This can be toggled on and off. Auto-correction can be turned off directly from the onscreen keyboard. Added support for HTTP Live Streaming