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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"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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