Run HP WebOS in an Emulator under Mac OS X with VirtualBox
If you missed out on the $99 HP TouchPad deals that seem to have the entire tech web in a frenzy, don’t forget that you can experience WebOS for free right now on Mac OS X, just by using the SDK’s emulator. You’ll need to download VirtualBox and then the WebOS SDK which comes as a preconfigured virtual machine, but then you can toy around in WebOS and get a feel for the (possibly defunct) touch OS.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Download VirtualBox 4.0.12 for OS X (direct download link)
- Download Palm WebOS SDK (direct download link)
Installing the actual emulator is simple, even more so if you have any experience running virtual machines. Just download and run the WebOS SDK installer and when it’s finished the emulator will appear in /Applications ready for you to play around with.
It’s that simple, but if you need any more assistance you can read more on developer.palm.com.
Heads up to @mattgemmell on Twitter for the idea.