If you were worried that HP’s acquisition of Palm would mean the end of homebrew application development, it looks like you have nothing to worry about. HP CTO Phil McKinney says the company supports homebrew and encourages users to hack or unlock their phones if they want to customize it, install unsupported apps, or develop their own.

Of course, encouraging users to install officially unsupported software or tinker with source code is one thing. It doesn’t mean HP will offer warranties that actually cover damage inflicted during a hacking session. But it sounds like HP doesn’t plan to lock down new WebOS devices too much.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...