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LG may keep webOS alive with new Smart TV next year

Published Oct 25th, 2012 8:44PM EDT

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.

WebOSNation says the challenge will be porting apps such as Netflix (NFLX), Vudu, YouTube, etc. Another challenge LG is facing is boot-up speed. The Korean electronics giant might remedy webOS’s slow boot up time by leaving the OS running in the background when the display is turned off.

The report says LG is not comfortable with Google TV’s terms and fears Apple’s rumored (AAPL) entrance into the TV market. The company will reportedly show off the webOS-powered Smart TV at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. His writing has appeared on DVICE, Ubergizmo, G4TV, Yahoo News, NBC blogs. You might even have seen his videos on Xbox LIVE.