Monday, February 25, 2013

LG Acquires 'WebOS' From HP for its Smart TVs

Do you remember WebOS? 

WebOS was Palm's innovative mobile operating system that based its foundation on web technologies - such as HTML and JavaScript. Palm was acquired by Hewlett-Packard  in 2010 - but within a span of 16 months, HP went from "doubling down" on webOS to ending hardware development and open-sourcing the operating system.

The WebOS seemed dumped.

But the news is that LG is acquiring WebOS from HP, with the intention to use the operating system not for its mobile phones, but in its smart televisions. This has been disclosed at MWC 2013 in Barcelona.

With the deal, LG obtains the source code for WebOS, related documentation, engineering talent, and related WebOS Web sites. LG also gets HP licenses for use with its WebOS products, and patents HP obtained from Palm.

LG said the WebOS team will make up the "heart and soul" of the new LG Silicon Valley Lab, with its Sunnyvale, Calif., and San Francisco sites joining LG's global R&D locations in the Valley, alongside WebOS offices in San Jose and Chicago.

PS: LG said it would continue to support all Palm users.

via C|net


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