WebOS to resurface on LG TVs next year

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WebOS, the mobile operating system that won't stay dead, is about to be reborn on smart TVs from LG.

According to ZDNet Korea, LG will debut its first WebOS-based smart TV at the CES trade show in January. The TV will have a 2.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1.5 GB of RAM, but ZDNet's story—which quotes LG researcher Hong Sung-pyo—doesn't give any other specifics.

WebOS was created by Palm as a smartphone operating system, appearing first in the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi. In 2010, HP bought Palm, and eventually released a couple WebOS-powered smartphones and the HP Touchpad tablet. But none of these products were successful, and in the midst of managerial woes HP backed away from WebOS devices altogether. In late 2011, HP decided to turn WebOS into an open source project.

LG acquired WebOS from HP last January with plans to use the software in smart TVs, but the company didn't go into details. WebOS wasn't originally designed for televisions, and it's unclear what a smart TV adaptation might look like. Now, it appears that we'll get our first look next month.

As The Verge notes, LG believes WebOS can offer a better experience than the company's existing Netcast platform. A key component is Enyo, an open source JavaScript framework that lets developers write applications across different platforms. This could allow Android, iOS, and Web developers to easily bring apps to WebOS. Assuming LG does bring its first WebOS TV to CES, it'll be interesting to see what kind of app support will be available out of the gate.

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