webOS keeps popping up again in one form or another. Whether it’s a Nook color getting webOS successfully booted on it, or some other kind of announcement about the defunct mobile OS, there’s always something. Well this time, webOS is actually coming back as an Android application. Weird, but true.
The goal of this project is to make webOS run as an Android application without making any modifications to the Android device itself. The people responsible for the project is known as Phoenix International Communications. If they are able to pull it off, users would be able to run both Android and webOS without having to boot into one or the other.
A few weeks ago they were able to get the app up and running, albeit very briefly, so there is still some serious work involved. It crashed after the lock screen, but it’s still a step in the right direction. There has been some progress since then, but there is still some work to go.
The new video demonstrates the webOS on the Samsung Nexus S and the app is able to get it past the lock screen this time. The video shows that it does indeed run as an app, even if it’s slow and sluggish. Without hardware acceleration, it’s unable to really get good speeds. Still, this is only a pre-alpha build, and it’s a big step compared to the last version shown off.