It’s been a strange road for webOS, initially developed by Palm and later snapped up by Hewlett Packard, and yielding such hits as the, er, HP Pre 3 and HP TouchPad.
HP pulled the plug on webOS some 18 months ago, and now it’s been bought by none other than LG. What the fu…?
The exact financial details haven’t been disclosed, but LG will pick up the source code, documentation and staff. Interestingly, HP is holding onto its webOS-related patents.
So what the heck should we expect from LG? A new webOS smartphone? An LG TouchPad? Well, LG hasn’t ruled them out, but probably not in the foreseeable future.
Instead, LG will adopt webOS in smart TVs, though it's seemingly unsure why. The Verge reports: “asked to name the core benefit of the webOS platform for smart TVs, Dr. Ahn simply remained silent for 10 seconds,” Ahn being LG’s CTO (Chief Technology Officer).
Ahn adds that webOS is “better [than Android] in some of the user experience, like card UI", so Jan’s hopes for a Pre 4 might ultimately be realised, though he’s in for a long wait.