LG Purchases Web OS from HP, Focuses on Smart TVs

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Another interesting development is the news that mobile manufacturer, LG, is purchasing ailing mobile OS, WebOS, from HP. Yes. Drum roll…..


Full details of the purchase are not clear to me yet, but news sources say that LG plan to deploy WebOS to power a new range of Smart TVs. With WebOS, now LG can go head-to-head against Google’s Smart Tvs. No?

Still, what is to stop them from deploying it for mobile too? In my opinion, it will be tough for LG to get developers on the WebOS platform should it decide to deploy it for mobile. That is the greatest barrier as far as I can tell. But suffice it to say that at least LG does own a mobile-capable OS that it can fall back on.

Anyway, speculations aside, at least WebOS is not quite ending up as dead as I have pronounced it. From being launched by Palm in 2009 to HP (2010) to Open Source (2012) and now in the hands of LG. Phew! What a dramatic history, this once orphaned mobile OS has had.


  1. Another rat-race must have started. Every OEM to its own OS! Samsung has Tizen, now LG too has Web OS. Apple has always had its iOS exclusively. HTC would now be thinking of owning an OS too. Will Nokia be able to own Windows exclusively in the near future or will be forced to pick up Symbian or something else?

    It’s good for every OEM to have a backup plan just in case today’s major OSes become tomorrow’s dinosaurs. Owning both the hardware and software sides to the mobile technology business may decide the fate of all contenders in the future.

  2. So the korean’s are arming them selves with their respective plan b mobile operating system, while the Chinese are landing deals with upstart mobile operating systems, this begs the question what about the Finns, can i say they still have sailfish in Finland and what will the japanese do.

  3. LG and Samsung now have back up plans, leaving HTC to the mercy of Android. The last time I checked its good business to have back up plans.

    This is certainly a message to Google, Keep innovating or get caught up with.

    LG cant deceive us, we know they will be trying out WebOS phones on House. Talking about WebOS TV, hmmmmmmmmmm, lets see what they will come up with.

    SYMBIAN, don’t sleep too tight, who knows, anything can happen.

  4. Samsung = Bada + Tizen
    LG = WebOS
    The Korean chaebols have woken up!!!

    Google needs a back up plan too.
    The mobile platforms is really gonna get fragmented.

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