LG is reportedly developing a new webOS smart TV platform based on the open source webOS port Gram.
The news comes to us by way of webOS Nation which says that LG and HP have been working on a webOS smart TV.
According to the publication, “Turns out the first company to use Open webOS in a commercial setting isn’t one you might expect, and they aren’t planning to do it in a form factor that’s rather new for webOS. It’s LG, and they’re making a webOS television.”
Development for the LG webOS smart TV is said to have been “underway for several months”.
The webOS development will replace the ageing NetCast smart TV platform LG is using.
However, there are a lot to do than just porting webOS to be able to run on LG hardware.
The site says that there should be apps developed for the webOS variant LG will be using for its smart TV and future models, “for Open webOS to be taken seriously as a smart TV platform.”
These apps being built for the LG webOS smart TV are Netflix, Yahoo widgets, CinemaNow, Pandora, Vudu, and YouTube.
These apps are being built in Enyo, the site says.
HP and LG apparently signed an agreement in June and LG has had engineers and LG L9 motherboards sent to HP for the effort.
LG L9 is “LG’s dual core chipset made specifically for their smart televisions,” webOS Nation mentions.
One problem the team working on the webOS smart TV for LG is tackling is boot up speed.
WebOS has been known to boot up slow even if it is being backed by a fairly powerful set of hardware.
According to webOS Nation, “One solution being explored by the team is to actually leave the computer half of the TV running and merely switch off the screen off when the TV is turned ‘off’.”
Meanwhile, LG is reportedly pursuing a webOS smart TV because the company is not comfortale with Google’s terms for using Google TV.
The site’s sources also tell them that LG is also not impressed with the adoption rate of Google TV and that the South Korean tech giant is fearing Apple will be more involved in the smart TV market in the near future.
As for availability, there is no final word on this yet but webOS Nation says that “LG and Gram are hoping to show off the Open webOS LG TV at CES 2013.”
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