You can’t keep a good operating system down.
In addition to the OS’s source code, LG is also picking up webOS’s remaining development team and patents, CNET reports (though has taken its story down, inexplicably). We expect an official announcement from LG later on today.
“It creates a new path for LG to offer an intuitive user experience and Internet services across a range of consumer electronics devices,” LG president Skott Ahn told CNET.
The move is a strange, but somehow fitting conclusion(?) to the long, tragic tale of webOS, which has seen more than its share of hardship over the last two years. The operating system always had a lot of promise, but not particularly effective executions. Perhaps LG’s buy will give webOS the attention it needs.
More strange, though, is that LG says it has no plans to bring webOS to its smartphones, which is obviously the most sensical use for the operating system. LG, it seems, is fully committed to Android, even if Android hasn’t served it particularly well as of late.
In any case, I’m looking forward to seeing how webOS fares in the living room.
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