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[2]: Comment by M.Onty
by Alfman on Tue 26th Feb 2013 17:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by M.Onty"
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That is actually what I see as the fundamental tragedy. As appealing as smarttvs might be for promoting new living room innovations, it's going to be a lost opportunity if consumers and developers loose control to media companies and overreaching manufacturers who impose selfish restrictions on the technology to block competition. It is so sad that anti-competitive behavior goes so far as to divert engineering resources away from desirable product features and towards making devices less open.

I can only hope LG will be different, but my hopes are not high with everyone trying to mimic apple's success with the closed computing model.

Edited 2013-02-26 17:32 UTC

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