LG Buys HP’s webOS, Looks to Build a Better Smart TV
If you’ve ever used an LG Smart TV, then you know how infuriating, slow and archaic feeling the experience can be. In fact, something similar can be said for Vizio and Samsung Smart TVs. In an attempt to buck the trend, LG today bought the rights to HP’s webOS platform.
The webOS platform was developed by Palm and later purchased by HP. HP had hoped to integrate the operating system based on a Linux kernel into a variety of products. Unfortunately, it never quite worked out for HP, as further evidenced by the failure of their HP Touchpad tablet, and the company soon began to look for suitors. Which brings us to today.
Looking to further support their line of Smart TVs, LG “entered into a definitive agreement with HP to acquire the source code, associated documentation, engineering talent and related websites associated with webOS.” What does this mean? Hopefully a Smart TV that isn’t merely an after thought and an attempt to cash in on unsuspecting consumers.
According to LG’s CTO, webOS “offers a compelling user experience that, when combined with our own technology, will pave the way for future innovations using the latest Web technologies.”
It’s difficult to say how, or when the webOS platoform will begin to materialize in actual products, but this is a win-win for future LG customers, as well as existing Palm owners since they’ll continue to support the OS.