It’s been almost three years since HP decided to scrap all of its webOS hardware and in that time some of the software has been released as an open source project, and much of the the webOS team has moved to LG to work on televisions.
But the team has one more thing to give to the community: The new “Mochi” design language for smartphones and tablets that had been under development a few years ago has now been turned into an open source project.
Mochi is no longer under active development by the webOS team, but the hope is that it can live on by inspiring development of new apps or experiences.
As The Verge reports in January, Mochi featured relatively flat icons and graphics instead of the rounded buttons designed to look like physical buttons that were all the rage a few years ago. There’s also an emphasis on bright colors, rounded corners, and curves to indicate tabs and other on-screen elements you could interact with by swiping to resize or move items.
Mochi was envisioned as a new design language for webOS and apps that would run on the platform. Whether it’ll inspire developers of future operating systems, apps for other platforms, or just the folks who are still fiddling with the open source version of webOS remains to be seen. But it belongs to the community now.