An interesting piece of mobile software news this morning as The Verge reported late last night that the newly open-sourced Enyo team is moving from HP to Google. If you’re not familiar with Enyo, it is the core HTML framework that made up the backbone of the HP TouchPad and was later made open-source when HP nixed the webOS line of products. More importantly, Enyo provides an easy framework for webOS-type apps to make their way over to the Android platform.
HP provided the following statement to The Verge on the future of the Enyo project:
We’re pleased with the traction Enyo has gained to date and plan to continue its development along with the open source community. The Open webOS project is on schedule and we remain committed to the roadmap announced in January.
So the real question is — what happens with the Enyo team at Google? What they will do seems unknown at this point though The Verge suggests they could land on the Android team under Matias Duarte, himself a former Palm employee who led that company’s efforts in the lead-up to the Palm Pre launch. A second suggestion is a move into the Chrome group as web apps factor highly into Chrome’s story and Enyo team members could find a natural fit there.
One thing is for sure, this is a big piece of mobile news and while we don’t understand the possible implications for it just yet, we hope it ends up being very good for Android.