LG Ultra HD webOS TV Price

LG reveals prices and launch details for its first webOS TVs

By on January 6, 2014 at 12:33 PM.

LG reveals prices and launch details for its first webOS TVs

One of the biggest surprises of CES so far is webOS, the revived platform from LG that could bring new life to the Smart TV. Of course, webOS is only a piece of the LG TV puzzle this week, and thanks to Engadget, we now have some idea of just how impractically expensive LG’s oversized Ultra HD lineup will be. LG’s room-filling 105-inch LCD TV will cost approximately $70,000, but lacks any release schedule at the moment. The 77-inch curved Ultra HD OLED TV will cost $29,999, and LG expects to ship it in the second quarter of this year. The 55-inch flat OLED TV is the first to fall under five digits, running customers $8,999, but we have previously noted, about three-quarters of LG’s Smart TVs released in 2014 will feature webOS. If you’d rather hold on to your child’s college fund, there will likely be a few reasonably priced webOS sets on sale later this year as well.

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Sorry, Android: LG shifts to webOS for 2014 TV lineup

By on January 6, 2014 at 8:55 AM.

Sorry, Android: LG shifts to webOS for 2014 TV lineup

As Google gets ready to give its TV efforts a huge adrenaline shot in 2014 after its Google TV efforts flopped so spectacularly, LG has announced that it’s heading in a different direction in 2014. The South Korea-based electronics giant said last year that it would use its newly acquired webOS platform to power TVs, and it said the first such set would launch in 2014. Well, 2014 is now here and LG has no plans of breaking its promise. In fact, just the opposite: LG on Monday announced that webOS will power more than 70% of its smart TV lineup in 2014. More →

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webOS rises from the dead again, this time in TV form

By on January 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

webOS rises from the dead again, this time in TV form

An image purportedly showing LG’s first webOS-based Smart TV has been published online by @evleaks, a source with a proven track record when it comes to leaking details or pictures about unannounced devices. The image seems to confirm an earlier report from The Wall Street Journal that claimed LG will unveil its webOS TV plans at CES 2014 in Las Vegas later this month. More →

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Palm’s webOS resurrected in an LG TV

By on December 30, 2013 at 8:00 AM.

Palm’s webOS resurrected in an LG TV

Palm’s last mobile operating system, webOS, will find new life in LG televisions. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the first new webOS television will be showcased in January during the CES 2014 trade show in Las Vegas. This is an interesting move by LG. A couple of years ago, connected televisions were largely expected to run Android. But Samsung is now seen launching Tizen-powered televisions by 2015 and LG’s webOS move means that the smart TV market might become surprisingly fragmented in the coming years — particularly if Apple and Microsoft also jump in with iOS and Windows televisions. More →

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HP webOS Patent Sale

HP looks to hammer the final nail into webOS’s coffin

By on October 24, 2013 at 10:45 PM.

HP looks to hammer the final nail into webOS’s coffin

HP’s acquisition of Palm was certainly one of worst buys in recent history — not the worst, of course — and now the company is trying to get something back from its $1.2 billion mistake. Bloomberg reports that HP has started removing some of the sales restrictions that it had placed on its mobile patents recently to entice more potential buyers to scoop them up. HP wouldn’t comment on Bloomberg’s report but it certainly makes sense for HP to start unloading some of its webOS-related patents since the company has no ambitions to develop its own mobile platform in the future and will instead rely on both Windows and Android for its tablets going forward.

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Palm webOS Innovation Analysis

Palm’s former CEO is right to be bitter about webOS’s sad fate

By on June 13, 2013 at 5:10 PM.

Palm’s former CEO is right to be bitter about webOS’s sad fate

FierceWireless had an interesting interview this week with Jon Rubinstein, the visionary CEO who almost brought Palm back from the grave. Palm’s innovative last webOS revision included many features that have later become commonplace in rival operating systems: multitasking, smooth messaging integration, a clever notification system. It’s not surprising that Rubinstein not only feels that Palm was a trailblazer but that other companies have still not yet caught up with how Palm implemented all these features a few years back. More →

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LG WebOS

LG discusses webOS strategy, no current plans for smartphones or tablets

By on February 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM.

LG discusses webOS strategy, no current plans for smartphones or tablets

LG (066570) on Monday announced that it had acquired webOS from HP for an undisclosed sum. Earlier reports noted that the two companies were in talks over a potential partnership as of last fall. Bill Veghte, executive VP for software and solutions at HP (HPQ), disclosed certain terms of the deal to AllThingsD on Tuesday. More →

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LG reportedly hedges Android bet with webOS acquisition

By on February 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM.

LG reportedly hedges Android bet with webOS acquisition

Try though it might, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) just can’t seem to kill Palm’s legacy. With Samsung (005930) dominating the Android market and Google (GOOG) getting ready to finally make serious use of its $12.5 billion Motorola buy, LG (066570) is seemingly looking to hedge its Android bet. CNET on Monday confirmed that LG has acquired the webOS source code along with “related documentation, engineering talent, and related webOS websites” from HP. The vendor reportedly only has plans to use the operating system on smart TVs, but as we’ve learned numerous times in the past, nothing is set in stone when it comes to webOS.

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How a sewer repair specialist is working to bring webOS back from the grave

By on December 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM.

How a sewer repair specialist is working to bring webOS back from the grave

webOS is a lot like Peter Pan’s Tinkerbell: If enough people believe in it, it could really come back from the dead. Technology Review this week caught up with Matthew Zakutny, who “works as a project manager at a trenchless sewer repair company” during the day and who also recently founded Phoenix International Communications, a team of volunteers dedicated to fully reviving Palm’s new-defunct mobile operating system. Phoenix first got on our radar last month when we learned it was working on an Android app that would port webOS over to Android devices. But according to Technology Review, the group’s ambitions go much further. More →

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WebOS raised from the dead again, this time as an Android app [video]

By on November 28, 2012 at 10:56 PM.

WebOS raised from the dead again, this time as an Android app [video]

Vampires, werewolves and zombies should all be envious of webOS’s resilience. Engadget reports that Phoenix International Communications, a team of volunteers and apparent webOS enthusiasts, have “managed to port [webOS] to a Samsung (005930) Nexus S device, running as an app inside Android.” The app is still pre-alpha so it’s obviously got a lot of issues that severely inhibit its usability. All the same, Android users who secretly pine for the days of the Palm Pre have something to be excited about for the future, as Engadget says the app could allow them to “seamlessly switch between webOS and Android without rebooting.” A video demonstration of webOS for Android is posted below. More →

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LG may keep webOS alive with new Smart TV next year

By on October 25, 2012 at 8:44 PM.

LG may keep webOS alive with new Smart TV next year

WebOS’s transition from being HP’s (HPQ) failed mobile operating system to open source has been nothing short of strange. After HP killed webOS, consumers and developers were left wondering what kind of products it would find itself a home in. According to webOSNation, LG (06657011) is reportedly building a Smart TV with Gram (an open source webOS port) that will replace the company’s NetCast Smart TV platform.

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HP is hiring 53 engineers to ramp up open source development of webOS

By on October 4, 2012 at 8:02 PM.

HP is hiring 53 engineers to ramp up open source development of webOS

HP WebOS Open Source

After taking the wraps off Open webOS 1.0 last Friday, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) has posted job listings for engineers in Shanghai, China and Sunnyvale, California, The Power Base reports. A total of 53 job listings have been made public. Positions include senior Linux software engineers, senior visual designer, senior product manager and many more. The Power Base says that these are high-paying positions and it shows HP is serious about reviving webOS as an open source operating system.

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WebOS opens up at last [video]

By on September 28, 2012 at 5:45 PM.

WebOS opens up at last [video]

HP Open webOS

WebOS, the dearly departed mobile operating system developed by Palm and purchased by HP (HPQ), is open source at last. HP on Friday took the wraps off of Open webOS 1.0, which has “an OpenEmbedded build that allows a full webOS experience running inside an OE emulator,” along with core email and browsing applications that can be ported onto different devices. HP says it will continue adding key features to Open webOS in the coming months, including open sourced media and audio components, the BlueZ Bluetooth stack and optimized SysMgr rendering architecture. A video demonstration of how to port Open webOS onto an HP device is posted below. More →

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