LG is set to unveil a new smart TV powered by webOS at CES next week, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. Up until now, LG has powered its line of smart TVs with Google TV; this new TV will be LG’s first webOS product following the operating system’s acquisition from Hewlett-Packard in February.
WebOS was originally the property of the late Palm, proprietors of the Treo and Palm Pilot. Following its creation of webOS, Palm was acquired by HP in 2010.
HP adopted Palm’s next-gen OS for its own gadgets, including the Pre 3 smartphone and TouchPad tablet, both of which earned an eminently mediocre reputation immediately following launch. As Ars pointed out in its review at the time, webOS had some innovative features—the card-style multitasking display of apps being one that iOS 7 recently adopted—but as a total package, it wasn’t compelling. Less than two months after the TouchPad launched, HP announced it was giving up not just on webOS, but its entire PC business.
via Ars Technica http://feeds.arstechnica.com/~r/arstechnica/index/~3/qv2QzLtKNyE/