webos LG acquires Hewlett Packards webOS for new smart TV line

LG just recently acquired Hewlett Packard’s WebOS and says they will be using it in their new line of smart TVs.  LG will be the second such company to try and make something consumers will like with the operating system.

The recent acquisition of Hewlett Packard’s webOS by LG is one of the most interesting buyouts in some time. LG says they will be using the technology as part of their expansion plan, and will be shaping the OS for their line of smart TVs as opposed to other existing platforms. 

Palm Incorporated originally came up with the webOS as part of their handheld data entry devices. HP was the first to acquire WebOS, which resulted in a new entity called Gram that was created by HP to manage webOS and to design products oriented around it.  

HP’s plan for WebOS failed with their TouchPad tablet and Veer smartphones that just never caught on with consumers.  To make matters worse, HP paid 1.2 billion dollars for the OS along with other patents and licenses that Palm had associated with it. 

It addition to the purchase of webOS, LG acquired all of the HP licenses for use with other webOS products, which includes patents that HP originally acquired from Palm.

LG says they will not be adding webOS to any of their smartphones or tablets and will continue to use Android for the majority of their mobile devices.  One big plus for LG's acquisition is that they claim that they will remain committed to supporting current Palm users.

It came as a bit of a surprise when reports said that LG was working to create a smart TV based on webOS.  LG was working with HP’s Gram late last year in creating a smart TV.

By purchasing the OS all together, it will give LG complete control on how it operates and looks for their new line of smart TVs.  LG says that they chose webOS over Google TV because they were concerned that Google would try to basically micromanage the overall look and development of the TV line.