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Why webOS?

  • HP webOS is widely recognized as a sophisticated, developer-friendly platform. From easy-to-use tools to HP’s commitment to create a connected experience across its broad portfolio of products, webOS gives developers an unprecedented opportunity.

  • Innovative, Web-Based Platform

    HP webOS is designed to deliver the capabilities users want – true multitasking, unobtrusive notifications, seamless integration with popular cloud services and apps that work together – all of which you can instantly leverage to create innovative apps and compelling user experiences.

     

    Best of all, webOS is based on simple web languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS, to let you get apps up and running fast. Our Plug-In Development Kit (PDK) also lets you leverage C / C++ code, so you can choose the way you want to develop.

  • Strength of HP Marketing and Distribution

    HP is using webOS to create a connected experience not just across smartphones and tablets, but PCs, printers, and other products, creating a huge market for your apps and unprecedented opportunities to target millions of users in the consumer and enterprise spaces.

     

    Current HP programs can help you maximize your own marketing by offering your apps wide exposure with the following:

    • Placement in marketing collateral and advertising spots
    • Strategic positions in the webOS App Catalog for easy discoverability
    • Ready access to a wide range of partners to further widen the circle of distribution
  • Great Developer Experience

    Developing for HP webOS lets you tap into one of the most passionate, creative, and active communities of developers anywhere. Along with a variety of programs to support your development, distribution, and marketing efforts, webOS offers a rewarding and worthwhile experience for any developer. 





  • HP webOS lets you create apps that really stand out from the crowd. Bring your imagination and creativity to life through advanced, easy-to-use frameworks, languages, and tools.

  • Unique Features and Technologies

    To usher in the next phase of webOS, HP has introduced webOS 3.0 and the Enyo framework. They're faster, more modern, easier to use, and ideally suited for building apps for a large range of devices. Enyo and webOS 3.0 are now available.

  • HP webOS takes multitasking to the next level with Stacks, which let users organize similar activities into card stacks, making it easier to flow from one task to another.

    Synergy brings together into one place all the information users have stored in popular services like Google, Facebook, Microsoft Exchange, and others. You can leverage Synergy connectors for contacts, calendars, messaging, and more.



  • Ease of Development

    Because it's based on standard web technologies — HTML, JavaScript, and CSS — webOS lets you develop innovative apps fast. You can get your apps to market faster, reducing costs and increasing ROI. Here are the other elements of webOS that add up to ease of development.

  • Use the HP webOS SDK. Or third-party tools. Or build your own HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. Or use the Plug-in Development Kit that’s included with the SDK. It lets you build apps using compiled code, typically C or C++, ideal for games and porting from other platforms.

    Deliver user controls for your app quickly by calling prebuilt user interface widgets from your app. Instead of having to spend time building UI features, you can use your development resources building functionality.

  • Ares is the first mobile IDE to run entirely in the browser. It features a drag-and-drop interface builder, an elegant code editor, and an integrated visual debugger to let you get an app up and running quickly and easily.



  • Easy to Get Started

    The HP webOS Developer Center makes it easy to get started. Quick Start Guides help you build on what you already know to jump right in. Thorough technical resources complete the story. Download the SDK or log in to Ares today and get started so you can see for yourself how easy webOS can be.

  • The HP webOS focus on standards makes it easy to leverage your development efforts across multiple platforms.

  • Support for Web Technologies

    The primary webOS app runtime is built on ubiquitous web technologies, so you can write code that runs with minor modifications on other platforms.

    Moving C/C++ to webOS

    The Plug-in Development Kit (PDK) that's part of the webOS SDK lets you easily move C/C++ and Open GL code to webOS. Built from popular standard libraries, the PDK is designed with compatibility as a primary objective.

    Node.js

    HP adopted Node.js for the webOS services runtime so you can leverage Node modules originally written for other platforms — and write your code with portability in mind.

  • PhoneGap

    You can follow the cross-platform path used by other webOS developers and use Nitobi’s open-source PhoneGap solution to deploy webOS apps to other platforms.

    Much More to Come

    That’s just the start. We’re working to expand webOS cross-platform capabilities, so stay tuned.

  • When you combine one of the most passionate, creative, and active developer communities with world-class support from HP, you have everything you need to thrive with webOS.

  • Join a Thriving Community

    Surrounding webOS is its incredibly active community. Join the conversation in our forums and follow the developer blog to get the latest  announcements, updates, and perspective from HP. Join the community today and see what everyone's talking about.

    Distribute Your Apps in More Ways

    When you join our free Developer Program, you can distribute apps through the webOS App Catalog as well as other channels on the web. You can also distribute apps through our beta catalog to get instant user feedback and continuously refine your app.

  • Complete Online Technical Resources

    The HP webOS Developer Center provides a comprehensive set of resources to help you develop your apps. From articles, tutorials, sample code, videos, and other tools, you can get started quickly and get all the help you need along the way.

  • Marketing Opportunities with HP

    HP stands behind your apps with programs that help you reach the market. Opportunities include feature position in the App Catalog, promotion through the webOS user newsletter, and placements in advertising and marketing collateral. And there's more to come as HP comes up with creative ways to spread the webOS story.

  • When you combine one of the most passionate, creative, and active developer communities with world-class support from HP, you have everything you need to thrive with webOS.

  • Join a Thriving Community

    Surrounding webOS is its incredibly active community. Join the conversation in our forums and follow the developer blog to get the latest  announcements, updates, and perspective from HP. Join the community today and see what everyone's talking about.

    Distribute Your Apps in More Ways

    When you join our free Developer Program, you can distribute apps through the webOS App Catalog as well as other channels on the web. You can also distribute apps through our beta catalog to get instant user feedback and continuously refine your app.

  • Complete Online Technical Resources

    The HP webOS Developer Center provides a comprehensive set of resources to help you develop your apps. From articles, tutorials, sample code, videos, and other tools, you can get started quickly and get all the help you need along the way.

  • Marketing Opportunities with HP

    HP stands behind your apps with programs that help you reach the market. Opportunities include feature position in the App Catalog, promotion through the webOS user newsletter, and placements in advertising and marketing collateral. And there's more to come as HP comes up with creative ways to spread the webOS story.