Rumor suggests HP’s webOS Enyo team is moving to Google (Update)

Big changes may be coming to the open source version of webOS. A rumor from The Verge suggests the team that’s been working on Enyo will leave HP and join Google. The change is expected to happen as early as next week.

Enyo is the underlying JavaScript framework for the webOS platform. After former HP CEO Leo Apotheker abandoned webOS, replacement CEO Meg Whitman decided to open-source the mobile OS and released the source code for Enyo and other parts of webOS to the public. It’s too early to say how this rumored change would effect the development of Enyo 2.0, which is expected to be released later this year.

Though we don’t know what Google would do with Enyo, it’s exciting to consider the possibilities for Android or even Chrome if this rumor pans out. WebOS may have failed as a mobile platform, but it’s Enyo developer framework was top notch. And because of its JavaScript roots, Enyo is attractive to folks outside of webOS. The tool is cross-platform and can be used to write apps for iOS, Android and more.

Updated: An updte to the original Verge post says that the entire won’t be moving. Among those leaving will be Enyo chief Matt McNulty. HP also reached out The Verge and said, ” The Open webOS project is on schedule and we remain committed to the roadmap announced in January.”

[Via The Verge]

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