It’s been a long while since we heard about the WebOS Ports Open webOS project, which was when LG acquired most of the rights to it from HP two years back. The company has even implemented the OS to its line of Smart TVs. Fast forward today,webOS has been officially renamed to LuneOS, and is now making its debut in older Nexus devices as well as Touchpad devices by HPs.
The company has decided to opt for a catchier name for their new distribution, which will be called “LuneOS” that pays homage to the previous iteration of webOS phones with the user interface named LunaSysMgr. The interface will be in reminiscent with the original user experience. It is not trying to compete with the fleshed out mobile operating systems such as Android or iOS, rather building a system to satisfy basic needs in the mobile environment.
The OS version would be named Affogato and will support previous iterations of Google Nexus devices including the Nexus 4, Samsung Nexus, and the Nexus 7 2012, along with the HP TouchPad.
LuneOS is a currently large project with just a small group of people working on it. A lot of things are already in place however, the app UIs still needs a lot of work and the team is looking for creative people to help them.
Anyone who is willing to give it a try and who happens to own the devices as mentioned may follow the install instructions here.