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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Agree with Thom
by normsland on Tue 26th Feb 2013 09:48 UTC
normsland
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2011-12-14

To some extent Thom is correct. My "smart tv" is mainly used as a DLNA/UPnP AV renderer/client for video apart from watching normal TV. Smart TVs are all very good apart from the manufacturers only want you to buy the device then don't provide app updates after the next model comes out/your warranty expires (thanks Sony). WebOS is a great tablet OS and user experience, coming from someone who was lucky enough to get a firesale TouchPad.

HP after they ousted Hurd had no idea of what to do with WebOS. This kind of reminds me of almost a couple of decades ago when Gateway bought Amiga but didn't have a clue what to do with it. In the end Gateway were too scared with going against Microsoft at the time and stayed a me too company. HP have always made Windows devices, printers etc. Did they have the innovative nous to take WebOS forward? Obviously not. HP are a me too company, look at their range of Windows 8 tablets and the recent Android tablet still running Android 4.1.1. Not exactly earth shattering.

LG buying WebOS for TV's could be interesting. Maybe you could have a WebOS/Kinect hybrid a gesture driven 60" OLED screen where you literally throw away the channel you are watching. Or maybe even a Wii U style WebOS powered remote control.

If the worst comes to the worst. I am guessing that LG can always use the Palm/WebOS patents to protect themselves from the Android police (Apple, Microsoft).

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