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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some thoughts
by frank on Mon 25th Feb 2013 18:24 UTC
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Funny how sweeping comments like that stirs up a competitive creative juices. Perhaps I can lend a perspective and some potential ideas:

1. "Minority Reports" interfaces where one flicks a screen between systems would require a network connection as well as possibly some embedded applications that interoperate with your other smart devices.

2. LG may be positioning itself for potential Apple's iTV product. Having an embedded system and development team may help it react faster and with higher quality than depending on OSS hackers.

3. I suspect that Apple won't be presenting strictly an istore interface with their iTV product, but something to do with personal communication. 15 years ago, when I worked on a set-top box, we tried to build video telephony into the system. This is sort of the angle that Apple might use as well.

4. Don't just think about home uses - think about how a business might be able to utilize a smart monitor in its meeting space. Quite frankly, perhaps a RDP connection from the monitor is all that we need.

5. Playstation 4, XBox 720, and that NVidia controller were/are being announced this year and are compatible with increasingly larger and much higher resolution screens. This significantly changes how we interface with the system (see point 1). We can get closer to the screen, we can touch and interact with them. Big difference from NTSC.

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RE: some thoughts
by Nelson on Mon 25th Feb 2013 20:33 in reply to "some thoughts"
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My problem with these second string companies wanting to turn into software shops is that they demonstrably suck at software.

I'm talking about the LG's, Dell's, HP's, and Samsung's of the world. I have no faith in them to produce a product where most of the work has not already been done for them.

Samsung? Great if they're building value ontop of Android. Roll their own OS? Fuck no. Those guys couldn't engineer their way out of a paper bag.

HP? Don't make me laugh. LG? LG is struggling everywhere. Their mobile offerings have never, ever, EVER been good. I don't think they have the chops to mold webOS into more than what it is today.

webOS had great ideas, but by the time someone whips that OS into shape, every other OS will have incorporated their ideas into them.

I think Apple will roll out their iTV, Google will revamp their Google TV, and Microsoft will likely take an alternate route into the TV space with the Xbox. I don't envision a "Windows for TVs" coming, but eh, who knows.

Every OEM will build on some variant of Google's TV OS likely, and Google will gain appreciable initial share. It remains to be seen if they can replicate their success in phones.

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