LG at work on webOS-based HDTV: report

LG is considering building a television platform on an operating system that was meant for mobile products. The process has not been without pitfalls.

This is how open webOS 1.0 looks on an HP desktop.
(Credit: Jessica Dolcourt/CNET)

LG has teamed up with Gram, the organisation established by HP to handle the webOS project, to create a television that will be running on the open-source operating system, according to a new report from the blog webOS Nation . That blog reported that LG and Gram have been working closely for several months on the project.

The road to Gram has been a long and hard one for HP. In 2010, the company made the ill-advised decision to acquire Palm for US$1.2 billion. After a few product launches — including the HP TouchPad tablet, which was on sale in Australia for just four days — HP quietly folded the operation.

Late last year, HP CEO Meg Whitman decided to make the operating system open source. Earlier this year, the company announced that the webOS project had been spun off into Gram. It also announced the first version of webOS in beta.

That LG is considering building a television platform on an operating system that was built for mobile products is rather surprising. And, according to webOS Nation , the company has faced several pitfalls in developing the operating system, including getting apps onto the software. LG has reportedly used Enyo, an application-development framework, to partner with developers to bring apps to the television, including Netflix.

The other issue, according to webOS Nation, is webOS' slow boot times. LG is reportedly considering leaving the computer behind the television running all the time, and only flipping the screen off when a user hits the "off" button. There's no telling how that might impact power consumption.

LG, like other manufacturers, is feeling the pressure of delivering integrated services with its televisions. Earlier this month, NPD reported that so-called smart TVs, which offer apps and web connections, have witnessed shipments rise 15 percent in the US this year. Smart TV shipments are expected to rise over the next several years.

According to webOS Nation, LG was choosing between webOS and Google TV, a platform that launched in 2010 but never truly gained its footing. LG reportedly chose webOS because of concerns over Google's desire to exercise some control over the look and feel of its television platform. With webOS, LG has free rein to do what it wants.

So, when might the webOS-based television launch? Look for it at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, the report said.

CNET has contacted LG for comment.

Via CNET.com

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jaksun5 posted a comment   

I'd like to say that the decision to acquire palm was not necessarily 'ill advises' but once made should have been run with, not hamstrung before it could turn a profit.

IMO the platform still beats android and iOS in intuitiveness, just the lack of apps was an issue.... but no one's kicking Windows Phone off the chair?

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