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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avgalen
Member since:
2010-09-23

What a weird argument, would you agree to it if I rephrased it as "My friend and I are already smart, so you don't have to be"?

TV's should get a lot smarter, but how HP ever convinced LG that webOS was the way to make that happen is beyond me

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

The problem with "smart tv's" is that they aren't smart they are terrible and not likely to get smart enough to be usable any time soon. Its actually much better to put the intelligence in an external device that can be updated/swapped out regularly. Its sort of like how dumb keyboards are better than "smart" voice recognition. Maybe not forever, but right now the technology isn't smart enough. Definitively not worth paying a premium for.

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FunkyELF Member since:
2006-07-26

Its actually much better to put the intelligence in an external device that can be updated/swapped out regularly.


It is better for consumers, but what is better for business.
You have to put your TV on display next to other TVs that have Facebook built in.

I agree that it is much better for consumers. Same thing with automobiles. I don't want a big touch screen with GPS, navigation and mp3 playback.
I want a slot for me to dock whatever I want there.

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bert64 Member since:
2007-04-23

Most people's use of a computer basically boils down to facebook... For this use a tablet is more than adequate, as is a TV, and both are far more consumer friendly than a noisy computer running an OS that requires third party additions and regular maintenance on the part of the user to stop it from becoming malware infested.
Plus most people already have a TV, and these features don't cost much if anything extra to implement over a dumb TV set, so before too long all of them will have such features.

Look at camera phones, they cannot compare to a high quality camera but they are more than adequate for 95% of users, so very few end users buy separate cameras anymore.

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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

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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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

dsmogor,

"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."


Not only that, but consider a practical scenario for a tablet to play a streaming movie on the TV.

he tablet not only needs to transmit to the TV, but also needs to pull from the video source at the same time. On wifi networks this doubles the bandwidth load. If trans-coding is needed between the source and the (dumb) TV interface, that adds even more processor load.


"In fact in integrating with online streaming services, it's the smartphone that's redundant part here, not TV."

That's true, the tablet isn't going to be very usable as a tablet while someone's streaming media to the TV.

Edit: Does anyone know if today's tablets are able to display different content on the screen and HDMI ports at the same time?

Edited 2013-02-26 15:39 UTC

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thegman Member since:
2007-01-30

I agree, TVs need to be a lot better than they are, but I don't doubt for a second that Smart TVs will be a step in the wrong direction.

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