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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.”

HP decided to open-source webOS last year.

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.

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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.”

Image from LGEPR on Flickr (CC)


The march to obscurity for the HP webOS operating system continues with the company laying off 275 employees affiliated to the operating system. In a communication on its website, HP said they were laying off the employees because they were “no longer needed” for webOS.

This scaling down will see engineers, designers and other related staff who had worked on the HP OS either completely retrenched or redeployed to other HP departments. HP had made a commitment at the time it had announced that webOS would be going open source that they would support its development but this latest action shows a contrary position.

HP seems to be winding up the project rather than spinning it off, the latter being something many people would have hoped for. HP had put high hopes on its Palm acquisition, which came along with the operating system but coming into a market suffuse with Apple fanboys was always going to be a hard sell and the company finally succumbed to the pressure with then CEO Leo Apotheker announcing the company would be killing its smartphone business.

The company had also announced it would be shutting down its PC business but the decision was rescinded by new CEO Meg Whitman. HP has had a troubled past in its non-traditional business ventures and has taken quite a beating for trying to be all to all, something that almost never works in the technology space.

HP will be looking to streamline its business and operations with these new lay-offs as well as try and get its house back in order to try and regain its number one position as the biggest tech company in the world, a position that was taken by Apple.


Remember webOS, the praised mobile operating system by Hewlett-Packard (HP) that the tech giant suddenly killed in August?

After recently announcing that it will open-source webOS, HP has given us now a timetable when it will complete the transformation of the mobile OS and it says that it will complete it by September of this year.

HP decided to discontinue webOS devices and development of the OS itself in August as part of a plan by then-CEO Leo Apotheker to move away from the consumer space.

It also announced then that it was considering spinning off the HP Personal Systems Group, the side of its business which makes personal computers.

HP says it will have fully license webOS under the Apache License 2.0 by September. Image: marianodm / Flickr (CC)
HP says it will have fully license webOS under the Apache License 2.0 by September. Image: marianodm / Flickr (CC)

By doing so, HP essentially killed Palm which it acquired particularly because of webOS and its expertise in smartphones.

The fate of webOS was not clear after HP’s August announcement and it was rumored after it that Amazon or maybe Samsung would buy Palm, and incidentally webOS, from HP.

Meanwhile, HP released today the source code version 2.0 of Enyo, a developer tool for webOS.

By September, HP says that it will have fully licensed webOS under the Apache License 2.0, the same license Android carries.


WebOS will continue to live as Hewlett-Packard (HP) has decided to make the mobile operating system an open source project.

The announcement was made through a company-wide email from HP CEO Meg Whitman who revealed to employees on Friday that the top executives of the Silicon Valley icon have decided that webOS will become an open source endeavor.

Here is Whitman’s email which TechCrunch got a hold of:

From: CEO – Meg Whitman
Sent: Friday, December 09, 2011 2:03 PM
Subject: webOS to be contributed to the open source community

Meg Whitman

TO/ All Employees

SUBJECT/ webOS to be contributed to the open source community

Today, we announced that HP will contribute our webOS software to the open source community and support its development going forward. We believe that this is the best way to ensure the benefits of webOS are accessible to the largest possible ecosystem.

Since we announced the discontinuation of our webOS devices last August, the executive team has been working to determine the best path forward for this highly respected software. We looked at all the options in the market today and we see a clear need for a platform that is both open and has a single integrated stack.

webOS is the only platform designed from the ground up to be mobile, cloud-connected, and scalable. By providing webOS to the open source community and other hardware vendors we have the potential to fundamentally change the landscape.

HP engineers, partners, other developers and hardware manufacturers will be able to contribute to the development of webOS. Together, we have an opportunity to make it the foundation of a new generation of devices, applications and services to address the rapidly evolving demands of both consumers and enterprises.

I would like to thank the webOS team for continuing your efforts under very difficult circumstances during these last couple of months. Your dedication is very much appreciated.

This is a very positive move for the development of our people, our software and HP overall.

We strongly believe that the best days for webOS are still ahead.



HP is making the webOS mobile platform an open source project. Image: donjd2 / Flickr (CC)

WebOS was killed by HP in August as the company announced a controversial shifting of its focus away from the consumer space into more of a business providing services to other businesses.

The open sourcing of webOS also kills rumors which spread after HP’s announcement that Samsung or Amazon may buy Palm from HP.

HP’s announcement then – which included the possible spinoff of its Personal Systems Group (its PC manufacturing business which is the biggest in the world) and the killing of Palm which it acquired for over a billion in 2010 – was met with criticism.

WebOS fans are rejoicing that the well-regarded platform has gotten a new lease on life.

However, it looks as though HP has had enough of making devices running on webOS as they gave no indication of making new smartphones or tablets powered by the OS.


HP has seeded a new webOS update to Early Access Program members two months after the last update hit users, website PreCentral.net reports.

While a future for webOS is still vague at this point, HP apparently still wants to look after the mobile platform and supported device owners for the meantime.

According to PreCentral.net, HP uploaded the webOS 3.0.5 update to its servers and seeded it to members of the Early Access Program.

The webOS 3.0.4 update arrived just two months ago, but 3.0.5 now focuses on bug fixes and system improvements for the almost dead OS.

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Image: desmorider / Flickr (CC)

New additions include a sensor API for PDK apps, HTML5 video support for all screen orientations, double space for typing a period and notification for low disk space during downloads, among other things.

The webOS 3.0.5 update is likely a Release Candidate 1 (RC1), which indicates the final version is currently in the works and should be set for a release soon for other users by year-end.





Hewlett-Packard is seriously thinking about selling its webOS unit which will see the webOS platform change owners again just over a year after HP bought it along with Palm.

HP may sell its webOS unit, a report from Reuters says. Image: mbiebusch / Flickr (CC)

The news comes from Reuters which says that four unnamed sources familiar with the HP plans about webOS told them about the possibility of a sale.

In its report, Reuters says that HP may sell its webOS software platform which could net them “hundreds of millions of dollars but likely less than the $1.2 billion the company paid for Palm Inc in 2010”.

Furthermore, Bank Of America Merrill Lynch is said to be advising HP about the webOS sale.

HP in August announced that the company is killing off its webOS smartphones and tablets with development to be stopped on the platform essentially making it a dead product without support.

According to Reuters, Oracle Corp may be in the running to buy the webOS platform which was praised by reviewers as a system but never really got traction in the market.


Hewlett-Packard (HP), one of the world’s largest IT companies, has decided to free webOS from total banishment by adapting the mobile operating system on the company’s printers.

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HP TouchPad with webOS on a Touchstone. (Image: Tom Raferty (CC-BY-SA-3.0), via Wikimedia Commons)

According to tech site Pocket-lint, HP may have stopped supporting webOS for mobile devices like the Touchpad tablet but it will continue to use the software on the company’s Designjet printers.

Prospects of running webOS on consumer printers is high, with an HP spokesperson saying that HP remains committed to offer printing and imaging solutions for customers and webOS may also integrate into upcoming products.

The company promised to evaluate how webOS’s development will allow its “OS agnostic” printing business to incorporate the system on printers.

If HP will carry out its plans, consumers may likely see touch-printing support from supported devices to integrate printers with other webOS devices.

On the contrary, analysts and experts believed that webOS will have an abrupt ending, but HP has no plans to pull the plug on webOS for now.


Amazon is said to be “in serious negotiations” with Hewlett-Packard (HP) for a deal which may see it acquire Palm, a report from VentureBeat reveals.

Amazon may buy Palm and the webOS platform from HP. Image: louisvolant / Flickr (CC)

Citing an unnamed “well-placed source”, the publication reveals that HP will likely let go of Palm “as soon as possible”.

HP bought Palm for $1.2 billion in April, 2010. It was hoping that Palm, with its webOS platform, could spur HP’s entry into the mobile market.

However, smartphones and the TouchPad tablet manufactured by HP did not perform well in the market and a year over the purchase of the company which released the first PDA, HP is looking to sell it.

According to VentureBeat, the internet commerce giant is “the closest to finalizing the deal, among a handful of contenders” for Palm and the webOS platform.

WebOS may become the future OS of the recently released Kindle Fire tablet, the site notes.

Furthermore, Amazon’s interest in Palm may not only be to make webOS the future OS of the Kindle Fire but to protect itself against attacks from companies like Apple with Palm’s patent portfolio, a report from The New York Times says.


HTC-hp-WebOSHTC is considering the purchase of an operating system. According to the cofounder of Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer Cher Wang, the question had been discussed internally, but no definite action was taken. She stressed that HTC does not want to take the “spontaneous” action, writes Focus Taiwan.

Wang, however, did not say what operating system they are considering. Recently, the head of HP Leo Apotheker, after the company announced its exit from the consumer business, had said that they are open to licensing WebOS. According to Bloomberg, one of the partners can be Samsung. Later, the head of Samsung Gee Sung Choi denied this information.

Based on the Linux operating system WebOS, created to replace the Palm OS, was announced in early 2009, and in June the same year first smartphones based on it were launched in the US. In April 2010, HP announced the acquisition of Palm for $ 1.4 billion in spite of the fact that the company representatives have repeatedly maintained that the most valuable asset for Palm was WebOS, in August that year HP stopped further development of the platform and release devices based on it.

According to Rob Enderle, a senior analyst at Enderle Group, as reported by NewsFactor, WebOS acquisition may make sense as a backup in addition to Windows Phone 7 and Android, if these operating systems run into any troubles.

Currently HTC makes smartphones based on two operating systems – Microsoft Windows 7 Phone and Google Android. HTC recently endorsed Google’s acquisition of one of its rivals – Motorola Mobility for $ 12.5 billion. In turn, Google not so long ago, also spoke in support of the Taiwanese manufacturer, giving it nine patents for litigation with Apple.

HTC installs on its devices the interface Sense, which provides users with more features and provides deeper integration software. A similar shell feature is offered by Motorola (Motoblur) and Samsung (Touchwiz) for OS Android.


Taiwanese smartphone and tablets maker is said to be considering the acquisition of an operating system, a report from a Taiwanese publication reveals.

HTC is thinking about buying an operating system, particularly webOS from HP, but it is in no hurry to do so. Image: John.Karakatsanis / Flickr (CC)

According to Focus Taiwan, HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang revealed recently in an interview with the Economic Observer of China that HTC is thinking about buying an operating system.

The report hints that HTC may be considering buying the now virtually abandoned webOS platform from HP.

HP recently announced that it will be stopping the development of webOS and will not be releasing smartphones and tablets based on the OS it acquired together with Palm in 2010.

The announcement brought about discussions that smartphone and tablets manufacturers like Samsung or HTC may buy webOS specially after Android-backer Google announced it will be acquiring handsets manufacturer Motorola Mobility in a $12.5 billion all-cash deal.

Nonetheless, Wang is reported to have said that HTC has discussed internally that it may buy webOS but it is in no hurry to do so.

She stressed that the strength of HTC was understanding an OS and it does not involve creating their very own OS for their devices.


After Hewlett-Packard announced recently that it will stop developing the webOS platform, a report from industry watcher DigiTimes says that Samsung may buy the proprietary platform from HP.

Samsung is reportedly interested in acquiring HP’s webOS platform. Image: abulhussain / Flickr (CC)

DigiTimes reported on Monday that Samsung has “already recruited HP’s ex-vice president of PSG marketing Raymond Wah to handle Samsung’s PC sales.”

The news comes after Samsung denied reports that it plans to buy HP’s PC manufacturing business which is part of HP’s Personal Systems Group (PSG).

It also comes as HP has said Monday, according to reports, that it favors a spin-off of PSG.

Citing “sources from notebook players,” DigiTimes says that “the company is also reportedly considering purchasing webOS to compete head on against Apple and Google.”

WebOS was acquired by HP when it bought smartphone maker Palm for $1.2 billion early 2010.

The webOS platform is a strong competitor to the likes of Google-backed Android, Apple’s iOS, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, according to reviews of the platform.


CyanogenMod developers working on Android for HP TouchPad - CyanogenMod, HP TouchPad, Android, WebOSThe CyanogenMod team of Android developers is now on the works to switch the HP TouchPad tablet from WebOS 3.0 to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Reports of running Google’s Android OS on the TouchPad will likely come sooner than most users expected, as software developers are ramping up efforts to port the popular CyanogenMod custom ROM to HP’s discontinued tablet computer.

Considering the hardware specs, the tablet should be able to run on the Android mobile platform, which is good news for TouchPad owners since developers will likely pick up the pace on this project.

The modified software builds upon the Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but the CyanogenMod team still has to add more specific tweaks for better hardware support, and touchscreen driver problems persists for now.

Only developers have access to an Alpha version of the coveted CyanogenMod port for the TouchPad, and if you somehow downloaded this, do not dare install the software and blame the developers for bricking your tablet.

The Cyanogenmod developer team intends to create a dual- or multi-boot functionality for installing other operating systems on the TouchPad.

Here is a demo video link to the Alpha version.


Best Buy Stores in U.S. to Sell $100, $150 HP TouchPad Today - Best Buy, HP TouchPad, WebOSSeveral Best Buy stores in the U.S. will sell the highly sought-after HP TouchPad tablet for $99 at 10 a.m. today.

HP has started a fire sale for original versions of its TouchPad tablets after deciding to shutter operations for the gadgets, and resellers are following suit.

Best Buy stores who still have stock will start selling TouchPads after opening at 10 in the morning today.

However, reseller store inventories usually have these items at less than a hundred units, so if a customer sees a crowd lining up in front of a Best Buy branch, expect the worst-case scenario.

The HP TouchPad 16 GB version wears a price tag of $99, with the 32 GB version $50 higher at $149.

On Thursday, HP announced that it will be pulling the plug on all WebOS devices, but released a new 64 GB version of the TouchPad in Europe, and then the U.S. and Canada just a few hours later.



Following Hewlett-Packard’s announcement on Thursday that it will be stopping development of the webOS smartphones and the webOS tablet the HP TouchPad and the uncertain future for the webOS platform, Microsoft is now courting developers of webOS to work with Microsoft on Windows Phone instead.

Microsoft is courting webOS developers for Windows Phone.

The overtures come from top Windows Phone evangelist Brandon Watson of Microsoft, who tweeted just recently that Microsoft will support webOS developers if they are interested in Windows Phone.

“To Any Published WebOS Devs: We’ll give you what you need to be successful on #WindowsPhone, incl.free phones, dev tools, and training, etc,” Watson tweeted.

For those who inquired, Watson tweeted basically the same message: “Send me an email, tell me where you are located, and we connect you to one of our mobile champs for some personal attention.”

For those who may want to contact Watson, his email is thephone@microsoft.com. He promises that every email sent to him will get a response and that he will try to connect every webOS developer who emails him to a mobile champ near their area.