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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I don't have a smartphone. I don't have a tablet. But if I had, I'd surely expect my futuristic TV to be able to stream music from those devices, and in that case, it makes sense to make it a smart TV, unless I have a separate computer connected to it. (Which I do happen to have ... but average consumers won't.)

Many customers want something simple. If they can buy a TV with digital decoder, pvr, netflix and similar possibilities embedded, instead of buying a separate set-top box, they will.

These days, you can buy a box for $50-$70 that can play Netflix and its ilk. Even my computer-illiterate parents can work a Roku-like device. You don't need all this crap built into the TV.

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