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LG Electronics: webOS is now used on 1 million smart TVs

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LG Electronics has announced today that it has sold one million webOS-based smart TVs. The webOS-powered TVs launched in March and it took a little bit under 4 months to hit the milestone. LG is now predicting that it will sell 10 million by the first half of 2015. LG webOS-powered TVs will be in over 150 markets by the end of June. The company is planning to launch more “LG Smart+ TV Experience Zones” retail outlets to promote the TVs. LG acquired webOS from HP in early 2013.

LG is going to unveil a webOS TV at CES

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LG Electronics will soon uncover a TV that is powered by webOS, a mobile operating created by Palm Inc. Palm developed webOS when building the Palm Pre smartphone. Palm was acquired by LG from Hewlett Packard earlier this year. HP acquired Palm in 2010 and used webOS to build tablets and smartphones, but failed to make a dent against their competition.
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Report: Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ) Wants To Sell Mobile Patents

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Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) is known as one of the largest PC makers in the world that attempted to get into the smartphone market a couple years ago by acquiring Palm in April 2010.  HP’s integration of Palm’s webOS was not very successful so they sold the technology to LG at a major loss.
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LG Buys webOS Software and Intellectual Property From HP For Future Smart TVs

LG Electronics has acquired the software and intellectual property rights for webOS from HP.  HP acquired webOS developer Palm for roughly $1.2 billion back in April 2012.  After creating new smartphones and tablets using webOS, HP stopped making them due to weak sales.  So HP decided to open source the operating system in December 2011.

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Open webOS Gets Ported Over To The Google Nexus 7

In April 2010, HP acquired Palm for $1.2 billion.   About a year later, HP was forced to write off $1.66 billion to wind down the webOS business.  In between that time, HP attempted to build smartphones and tablets using Palm’s webOS software.  The market was not receptive to the HP-Palm products so HP decided to make webOS open source.  One year later, the webOS community has created Open webOS.  It turns out that Open webOS has been successfully ported over to the Google Nexus 7 tablet.  The porting was done by Open webOS developer Simon “morphis” Busch.

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HP Hiring Over 50 Developers For webOS

After Hewlett Packard acquired Palm, the company went through several different iterations about what to do with the company.  The HP TouchPad did not do as well as hoped so the company suspended tablet manufacturing.  The future of webOS looked uncertain until the company decided to make the platform open source.

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HP Making webOS Open Source

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) has decided to make webOS open source. HP plans to continue and will be active in the development of webOS, but the company is hoping that the community will help improve applications and web services for the next generation of devices.
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HP’s Meg Whitman Deciding On Final WebOS Decision Today

According to PreCentral, Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) CEO Meg Whitman will be calling an all-hands meeting later today to make a final decision on webOS. There are only about four possible scenarios coming out of this meeting: a.) webOS will be killed off b.) They will keep webOS and focus more on mobile development c.) Try to find another buy for Palm / webOS d.) Postpone the decision again. My guess is that HP spent so much time, energy, and money investing in webOS that they will not just kill it off. My best guess is that they will keep it, but may not focus as much on using webOS technology as they have in the past with the development of the TouchPad. I have a feeling that they will just keep it on the back-burner given that the company’s core business is still PC manufacturing and enterprise IT. [PreCentral]