Tech giant HP has decided to spin off Web OS group into a new company called Gram. Web OS which was once considered to be serious contender to Apple’s iOS has been traveling on a difficult road recently. Palm’s acquisition of the group in 2010 had offered some hope. However, the competition and business environment was so challenging that HP had to remove Web OS from the company’s plans. Later Web OS was introduced as open source software.
As a latest attempt to save the group, HP has announced that Web OS will continue its operations under a new name called Gram. The new company will be under HP’s control but will work as a separate entity and will be able to attract investments for its projects. With the new company, HP wants to focus on software, user experience along with engineering and partnering. According to a flyer from the company, Gram will utilize the core strengths of WebOS which is Enyo and their other cloud offerings. Gram will also empower partnering firms to create a technology that will revolutionize the way people see the web.
HP Chief of Staff, Martin Risau has reportedly said that the shift to the new identity will take some time to get used to it. Although its mission, values and plan of action remain the same. He has asked the employees to keep the new company running in stealth mode. Plans are on the map to bring in more manpower and efficient partnerships to power the new firm. It is yet to be seen how Gram manages to bring back the lost glory of Web OS.