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: some thoughts
by Nelson on Mon 25th Feb 2013 20:33 UTC in reply to "some thoughts"
Nelson
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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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