LG Electronics from South Korea is on track to launch a television based on webOS, keeping in line with its strong ambitions of making smart TVs based on a leading operating system.
webOS, an operating system meant for mobile devices, was bought by LG from Hewlett-Packard this year. webOS was originally created by Palm to power mobile devices to compete with the likes of iPhones. After acquisition of Palm by HP in 2010, HP used webOS to power smartphones and tablets but this never could gain traction among app developers and resultantly the devices did not perform well in the market because of lack of apps.
LG said in February that it was attracted to webOS because the company wanted to have its own operating system and webOS was good when it came to technology.
LG is planning to showcase a television model powered by the webOS at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, a source told The Wall Street Journal.
Television market accounts for 40 percent of revenue of LG. There is no market leader in opearting systems for TVs unlike the mobile devices where Android is number one. LG’s rival Samsung is also working its own operating system named Tizen.