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August 19th 2011 1:21 pm

HP tested webOS on an iPad 2

This is kind of amusing (and sad, from a hardware standpoint) -- it looks like engineers at HP / Palm created a special build of webOS and were able to run it on the iPad 2. Despite the TouchPad having similarly spec'd hardware, webOS apparently ran "twice as fast" on the iPad 2.

The Next Web reports that, "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."

I actually wonder how they did this. Other websites have mentioned that they made a web app version of webOS that simply ran inside Safari. Is that really testing the performance of webOS? (And if they did create that... I want my hands on it!)

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I'm slightly suspicious about the claim that they got webOS itself running on the iPad, but I can totally see them trying to run their apps in Apple's mobile Safari browser.

Apps written for webOS can be run inside of your typical web browser, since they're built with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. I attended an event were HP demoed the webOS native mail application running in Google Chrome on a Mac. They mentioned that some of their employees actually used the app like that on their desktop computers, because it was nicer than their corporate email client.

It doesn't surprise me that these apps would perform better on the iPad, because HP/Palm hasn't finished implementing full hardware acceleration in webOS 3.0. All of the CSS animations and slick UI effects would be much smoother in Safari.
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