LG Deal Breathes New Life Into webOS
Seeing HP bring its Slate 7 Android tablet to the MWC started stirring up some old memories of the TouchPad in us. The glory days of webOS may be long gone, but many of us here were big fans of the platform, and even if its reincarnation as Open webOS wasn’t about to bring us any new smartphones, it was still nice to see the project live on in one form or another. Well, the timing for that reminiscing couldn’t have been better, as today news arrives LG is buying webOS from HP, and already has plans to integrate it in consumer electronics.
While full details of the deal are still private, LG is getting all the good stuff: webOS source code, patents left over from the Palm days, and control over licenses – HP keeps its cloud services. It will take all this IP and start using webOS – again not as software for any new smartphones – but to drive its lineup of smart TVs.
Considering how HP was working on turning webOS into an interface for things like customer service kiosks, this use on smart TVs makes a lot of sense. While LG may end up modifying the platform to fit its own design language, we’re hoping that enough similarities bleed through to keep that webOS nostalgia going as we flip-on our TVs in the near future.