Palm Lives! LG to Use Palm's Mobile Software for Smart TVs
abcnews.go.com reports that LG will bring the software that once powered Palm’s smartphones to the majority of its Internet-connected TVs this year.
The South Korean firm unveiled webOS-based smart TVs at CES Monday in Las Vegas, less than a year after it bought the operating system for smartphones and tablet computers from Hewlett-Packard Co.
LG Electronics Inc.’s chief technology officer, Skott Ahn, said the software will make LG TVs easier to set up and use. However, Ahn didn’t show any radical new capabilities not present on other TVs.
HP bought Palm Inc. in 2010 with a view to gaining a foothold in the world of smartphones, but it closed the division in late 2011 after disappointing sales. Last March, HP sold Palm’s crown jewel, the webOS software, to LG. LG is the world’s second-largest TV maker by shipments after Samsung Electronics Co.