As a parent, Christmas time means I get to hear my 8 year old oggling over every toy commercial she sees. In fact, that’s usually the first indicator that I have to sit her down with a pencil and a piece of paper to get her to write a letter to Santa Claus. Once the letter is done I can remind her that she already wrote to Santa to make the begging lull…a bit.
DeveloperTech interviewed ex-Palm employee, Gray Norton (now LG’s Director of the Enyo Framework and Tools) about LG’s plans for Smart TVs and how Enyo is being incorporated in their development. Among what Gray had to say, there was talk about webOS and how the work LG has done with Enyo for next year’s TVs lends itself to be used with and without webOS attached to it. Hmmmmm…
I recently saw a video showing early stages of webOS running on an LG TV emulator with the use of Project Ares. Regardless of how that video came to light it was a great morale boost for the webOS community. Our OS lives!
You’ve had webOS now for almost 9 months. When you purchased it you were fairly open with your decision and gave hope to fans of the OS that we would see it live on in the future. Of course, the future you planned was in Smart TVs due out in 2014. To be honest, I’m ok with that especially since you had some great things to say about the superiority of the user experience over Android and did not rule out mobile devices in the future.
Yesterday we heard a rumour from Bloomberg news that Hewlett Packard was seeking buyers for some of its mobile IP, very possibly including the patent portfolio it acquired from Palm Inc.
Of course, this is not the first time HP has attempted to make this sale, but it is suggested that certain restrictive conditions have been removed to make the patents more appealing to buyers.
Quite what this implies for the future of webOS is unclear at this time. There is an Open source version of webOS in the hands of community members and LG continues to develop their TV system. LG in fact would probably be the preferred buyer for all of us as they seem to have some faith in the system and are a significant player in the mobile sphere. There is however, no evidence that they have any interest in developing webOS as a mobile operating system.
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