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by Derek Kessler Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:02 pm EDT

WebOS Ports posts instructions for alpha Galaxy Nexus Open webOS port

If you're feeling up for some time in Ubuntu's Terminal and have a spare Galaxy Nexus sitting around, then we might just have a project for you. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you can now get an early build of Open webOS on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus running all on your own. Unless you're like us (i.e. Linux noobs), in which case you might want to hold off for a more straight-forward installation method.

The instructions posted by WebOS Ports do require some understanding of working in Terminal, or at least the ability to closely follow instructions and input the commands you're told to input. And, of course, you have to be willing to accept that this could bork your entire device and you'll have to start from scratch on all operating system fronts. Such is life on the alpha edge. The instructions come with a set of big scary warnings, which in essence can be boiled down to "you should at least have a vague idea of what you're doing and be willing to smartly ask for help". The installation process will be streamlined in the future, but for now it's not for the faint of heart. Alpha, people, alpha.

At the very minimum you're going to need to install the latest version of Ubuntu Linux (thankfully, unlike the convoluted built process for raw Open webOS OE, it doesn't matter whether you've installed a 32-bit or 64-bit version). You'll also be installing the Android SDK and unlocking the Galaxy Nexus's bootloader, in addition to downloading and building the latest version of the Open webOS port (a process that even in our virtualized Ubuntu machine with two Intel Core i7 cores and 4GB of RAM took less than three hours).

Build instructions for the Galaxy Nexus Open webOS port are located at www.webos-ports.org/wiki/Galaxy_Nexus_Build_Setup

Installation instructions can be found at www.webos-ports.org/wiki/Testing_Gnex

It's worth noting that even once the installation process is done, you're not going to have an Open webOS smartphone. There are still a lot of bit hurdles the WebOS Ports team is going to have to overcome. This build also ins't exactly portable - it's still reliant on files located on your computer. It's still an early alpha, so don't expect miracles. And have some patience too. If you're Linux noobs like we are, you'll need it.

23 Comments

1st and awesome work by webOS Ports!!

Sounds rough. I think I'll wait!

Have to admit...... I am so glad I bought a Galaxy Nexus for my latest phone. (WebOS phone don't work On my provider's frequency) I can not wait until I am able to dual boot my Nexus just like I can my TouchPad. I so want WebOS, in its new, form on my pretty good phone. Boot loader unlocked and waiting for a stable version. Thanks. :-)

Will this have a shot of landing on the Note 2 at any point?

Thumbs up !!!

+1 on the Galaxy Note II. But, if you get the latest specs of the new SGNexus you'll notice it has almost nothing to envy the SGNOTE II.
"New Samsung Galaxy Nexus Specs:
3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 9990 Pro K-Metal 3
5.3" 4K AMOLEDOLED Dual Matrix Super IPS Plus Bravia(TM) Retina display
1GB RAM
Android 4.4.4.4 Key Lemon-Lime Kandy Kane
13 megapixel PureView camera
NFC
Wireless charging
4,000 mAh battery
64GB SSD
2 microSD slots
NFC
Fingerprint scanner
On-the-fly drive encryption
NFC
Cookies"
P.S.: Is it safe to wait for the upcoming Nexus to port Open WebOS

Nice specs, but I am not necessarily a specs driven fan, but rather am a feature driven fan. For me, the Note 2 has very good specs, but I want the S pen. I hope webOS comes to the Note 2.

Good luck when you ring Qualcomm and ask them for support. Expect a lot of laughs, and then an abrupt hangup.
The webOS-ports team chose the TI OMAP based Galaxy Nexus for something.

I am not planning to call anyone. Care to explain your comment? I am a consumer, not a developer.

Is there a hardware or carrier difference behind their choice and does the differences forever exclude the Note 2?

It means that the Note 2 uses a Samsung Exynos chipset which has very closed driver set. It means that whilst it's not impossible to get webOS on it (and yes, I'd like a Note 2 with webOS on), it's going to be a while if at all.

I'm sure you're kidding, but I think the specs are off by a bit.

Just want to confirm, but this is for GSM GNex only, right?

I'm actually curious about that too. I'm in the market for a new phone to tinker with but only finding Verizon GNexs. I understand that CDMA drivers aren't open source, so is no go for Verizon too? Even the LTE side of it?

That's correct, there are no CDMA drivers available so this will only be hitting GSM versions at this time (assuming you want to be able to use it as a phone).

So we won't be able to use it as a phone, but will it boot?

alright awsome lets get to it people remember this is how all good things are done hence the saying nothing that was ever good has ever been done with a little effort . well see once Web OS gets a little popularity around well see with our very own eyes be number one because so far it still is as an operating system it is the best and it is not like the others out there who are as the number one place only because of marketing and sales pitches which make for a weak foundation we will see them at the mercy of Web OS. Web OS is the best period and remember Palm was first in the smart phone industry plus they even have all the patents even apple should pay their dues to Palm when it comes to patents. it only makes sence for Palm to have to come out with the best operating system. Go WebOS!!!

Well said. Double dittos!!

I'm surprised we're at Alpha already, that's amazing work by the Ports/Internal teams! We may even get beta by the end of this year at this rate (I'm not holding my breath just yet tho)

I have one Question.

Does the Nexus have to be unlocked. I am on Fido in Canada and I was thinking on getting one but it will be locked to Fido.

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