I’ve really been struggling about how to cover LG webOS and their SmartTV news lately. pivotCE isn’t my personal blog so I want to make sure that what I cover aligns with what webOS fans are eager to read about. And while I want to write about webOS, I haven’t been able to bring myself to draft up the news about LG and their TVs. It’s taken me this long to even sit down and put my thoughts together.
LG recently showcased their version of webOS running on TVs at AppsWorld in San Francisco. They hosted several talks on Enyo and app development for their new flagship SmartTV OS. All well and good, yeah? I mean, I love Enyo and am very appreciative of LG giving webOS a chance, so why have I been in such a funk? Then it hit me…I don’t care about webOS on TVs.
pivotCE reached out to former HP CTO, Phil McKinney, for his thoughts on LG’s implementation of webOS for their new line of TVs. As you may remember, Phil was on the HP board of directors and was pivotal to HP’s Palm acquisition. He has since retired from HP and is now the President and CEO of CableLabs. He just happens to be attending CES 2014 and had a chance to answer our inquiry with a hands-on look. Here’s what he had to say about the rebirth of the webOS platform:
You may have seen some excitement on the internet about LG’s launch of the webOS TV. We have waited a year and we learned we’d see it in San Francisco in February. Well thanks to CES 2014 we got to see it a month early. pivotCE is learning everything as quickly as we can about LG webOS and while we can’t offer new information, here are our first thoughts after LG’s press conference at CES today. Continue reading webOS at the CES 2014→
In the dark about what’s been happening at LG webOS these days? Don’t feel bad. So are we. Although if you stare deep into the very dark tunnel with an unknown length you might see a pinprick of light at the end. The tunnel is LG webOS and the light is the first video displaying the webOS TV Emulator running on Project Ares. Hit the break for the video. Unfortunately, LG requested the video be removed so it’s currently unavailable. The video DOES still exist though and pivotCE was able to acquire it, however, to avoid potential copyright infringement we will not repost it for view. Read on for a couple of nice screenshots though.