Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Feb 2013 14:15 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes "LG said today it was acquiring WebOS from Hewlett-Packard, with the intention to use the operating system not for its mobile phones, but in its smart televisions. With the deal, LG obtains the source code for WebOS, related documentation, engineering talent, and related WebOS Web sites. LG also gets HP licenses for use with its WebOS products, and patents HP obtained from Palm. The financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed." Completely and utterly pointless. Smart TVs are a dead end. The TV should just remain a dumb receiver for input - whether from a computer or console via cables, or wirelessly from a smartphone or tablet. Our phones and tablets are already smart so TVs don't have to be.
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RE[5]: Disagree with you here Thom
by _txf_ on Mon 25th Feb 2013 18:17 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Disagree with you here Thom"
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Hell, you're right. But it's not just smart TVs at risk though, even mobile devices have this problem. Apple dictates that their users can not install google's webm format. Microsoft has an on/off relationship with support for the full mpeg family of codecs, but in their case at least desktop users have not been prohibited from installing 3rd party codecs (anyone know if their winrt tablet has codec restrictions?)

That is being slightly unfair. I am perfectly happy to rail against set top boxes (non portable devices) and their poor codec support, but I recognise the reality that mobile devices ultimately need fixed function hardware in order to support media due to lack of processing power and energy efficiency.

Seeing as ARM devices still choke on h264 1080p without a hardware decoder, I see this trend continuing especially as HEVC is on the horizon.

Edited 2013-02-25 18:19 UTC

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