webOS OSE 2.1.0 has been released. Since I’m sure not everyone has kept track of where webOS has ended up, this is where we stand today:
webOS is a web-centric and usability-focused software platform for smart devices, which has proven its performance and stability in over 70 million LG Smart TVs. Since its adaptation to display products, webOS has come a long way and evolved into a software platform applicable to a broader range of products.
The open source project of webOS, called webOS Open Source Edition (OSE), was announced in March 2018 under the philosophy of open platform, open partnership, and open connectivity. On top of the core architecture of webOS, webOS OSE offers additional features that allow extension to more diverse industry verticals.
This release seems light on changes, as the release notes illustrate.
The release notes are indeed very light on changes and I was about to think this was a dead project. I checked the previous release notes to see if this was the case and those told a very different story: https://www.webosose.org/about/release-notes/webos-ose-2-0-0-release-notes/
2.1 is just a small monthly update after the big 2.0 release.
I still don’t know if I will ever encounter webOS and I am also not sure if “performance and stability in over 70 million LG Smart TVs” is something to be proud about because I never hear anyone talking positively about the built-in software of their tv. Mostly I hear about horrible UI and awful performance