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LG buys webOS from HP for smart TVs

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#1 ACTIONpack


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Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:24

Here's a wild one -- webOS has been revived, and the suitor may surprise you. LG has reportedly lifted the troubled webOS unit from HP's hands, but instead of using it in future smartphones or tablets, it's planning to inject the operating system across its smart TV portfolio -- finally adding a layer of truth to a rumor we first spotted in October of last year. The deal includes the source code for webOS, "related documentation, engineering talent, and related webOS websites." Moreover, LG's procuring HP licenses for use with its webOS wares, not to mention patents that HP had originally gained from Palm. Not surprisingly, dollars and cents aren't being publicly discussed, but we'll be sure to clue you in on any more specifics as we get them.


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Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:10

I just want more webOS phones/tablets. I loved webOS and it had so much potential. :)

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:34

I fear that potential will forever remain unmet.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:44

This is such a waste. So much potential lost. Aside from the fact that I would have never given something like this to LG, they're going to blow it on a TV.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:46

HP is starting to sell of a great many parts of their company.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:53

Nice. I don't like current look and feel of Smart TV's (the OS feels cheap). Maybe WebOS will change things?



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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:06

Sweet! LG sure coming up with phenomenal stuff/innovations. Can't wait to see how they incorporate this in to their TVs.
I wonder if the LG Smart TV Upgrader I ordered will be able to be updated to use this technology.
Would be cool, but no biggy if not. I'll just buy a new LG Smart TV when they have this available.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:19

I have an LG monitor and it works great.