The lead developer behind Enyo, HP's HTML5-based webOS development environment, is leaving HP -- and he's taking several of his teammates with him.
Matthew McNulty, HP's senior director of frameworks and tools for webOS -- who describes himself as "Enyo Czar" on his LinkedIn profile -- is starting a new position at Google "shortly," according to The Verge.
McNulty joined Palm in 2009 and came to HP in its acquisition of that company the following year.
Despite the defections, an HP spokesperson said the company is still on track with its plan to launch Open webOS, its full, open-source version of the operating system, in September.
Enyo lets developers write applications that run on both mobile devices and PC web browsers. HP Chairman Ray Lane has referred to Enyo as "the leading web app development environment today."
WebOS still enjoys a solid reputation within the developer community, but that has not stopped the outward flow of webOS talent from HP. Some developers and engineers have landed at Apple, Intel and a host of mobile startups.
With at least some of the Enyo team headed to Google, Android is set to get an infusion of new talent.
"This is great news for Android," said one source familiar with the situation. "These guys were super smart and a key reason for the uniqueness of webOS."
In January, HP CEO Meg Whitman told CRN Open webOS would have a "huge advantage" over iOS, which she described as a "closed system."
Whitman also described Android as "incredibly fragmented" and said it may become more closed because of Google's $US12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, which closed this week.
Related: Lynch joins Autonomy exodus from HP
This article originally appeared at crn.com
Issue: 334 | December 2014
Access CRN's extensive online resources including; email bulletins, community discussions and unique online news.
Processing registration... Please wait.
This process can take up to a minute to complete.
A confirmation email has been sent to your email address - SUPPLIED GOES EMAIL HERE. Please click on the link in the email to verify your email address. You need to verify your email before you can log on to the CRN website or start posting comments on articles.
If you do not receive your confirmation email within the next few minutes, it may be because the email has been captured by a junk mail filter. Please ensure you add the domain '@crn.com.au' to your white-listed senders.