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 guess it's all about extended web programming - frameworks and the web engine (mostly patents I guess). They are the way to deliver TV apps.
There's also people involved.
LG need something to compete with Samsung (which slowly becomes a defacto standard in smart TV business), and they have proven time and again they are completely inept as a software house as evident by crapware that runs their smartphones.

As for smart mobile devices driving TV experience, the sheer power stress that transmitting HD signal wireless puts to the battery makes this approach unpractical for years to come.
In fact in integrating with online streaming services, it's the smartphone that's redundant part here, not TV.

Edited 2013-02-26 09:25 UTC

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