LG Electronics promised a WebOS powered smart TV back in March after acquiring the beleaguered platform from HP in February, and its good to see the South Korean company sticking to it. This should infuse new life into the OS that failed to make a mark in the smart connected devices segment. However, the OS should make a comeback of sorts thanks to LG, the world’s second largest maker of TVs; this should also be seen as an important decision on part of LG, which derives 40 percent of its revenue from its TV segment.
Details are scant at the moment and the only thing that is known right now is that LG will retain the card system of UI that represents a stack of pop-up displays arranged on top of another, representing different apps. Those who have spent time with the OS should find themselves at home with LG TV powered by WebOS, though that fact remains, they make for a very niche segment.
All of HP’s efforts with the WebOS platform bombed, which include the epic failure of the TouchPad device. With such a not-so-impressive history behind it, it will be interesting to see how the platform fares in the smart TV segment and whether LG also goes on to design new smartphone and tablet devices with WebOS. Hopefully more details will be available at the upcoming CES 2014.