LG webOS platform lives on in a 3.0 iteration, but only for smart TVs
When LG unveiled the super-stylish Watch Urbane wearable in both Android and webOS flavors, we couldn’t help but wonder if the eternal Korean smartphone number two was planning to once again take a page from Samsung’s playbook and revive Palm’s old operating system in order to oppose the rising Tizen threat.
That obviously didn’t prove to be the case, and while Tizen handhelds, smartwatches and smart TVs are multiplying by the day, webOS seems destined to remain a TV-exclusive platform for the foreseeable future. Its open-source 3.0 flavor will debut at the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas early next month, running on a new yet-to-be-detailed Smart TV lineup.
Needless to point out this will have to fend off both costly “smart” TV sets manufactured by Samsung or Sony, and ultra-affordable Android TV, Apple TV or Fire TV set-top boxes and sticks capable of seamlessly making any “dumb” LED TV with an HDMI port smart.