LG acquires WebOS from HP for use in ‘smart TVs’

“LG is acquiring WebOS from Hewlett-Packard, with the intention to use the operating system not for its mobile phones, but in its smart televisions,” Roger Cheng reports for CNET.

“With the deal, LG obtains the source code for WebOS, related documentation, engineering talent, and related WebOS Web sites,” Cheng reports. “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.”

MacDailyNews Take: One plugged nickel?

Cheng reports, “LG has no intent to use WebOS for its smartphones, with the company largely focused on Android as its mobile operating system of choice. Indeed, much of the WebOS team members that work on the various mobile products at HP has already left, according to a person familiar with the deal.”

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  1. That’s an extremely interesting move by LG. webOS is much better than HP executed on their tablet. I catched one during the fire sale for 99 Euros. For sure the tablet is terrible, heavy like a brick, slow and so on. But the software was not that bad, some interesting ideas. And it makes LG independent from Android whenever they need to be. Sure they have to say no phone right now, but I would not be surprised if they would do it one day. Quite interesting, especially as they most likely did not pay one billion dollar like HP did when they acquired Palm.

  2. Tough call, and interesting. On the one hand, LG’s existing device interface is generally bad–not unusable, but definitely something I get sad when I think about interacting with.

    I thought WebOS was very good — not on the same level as PalmOS, but certainly could be a good competitor for iOS with the right TLC.

    So the question is… do we trust LG to use WebOS in a smart way, to make their products good? Or do we fear they will jam it into their bad products and further repress & sully its promise?

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