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LG Acquires WebOS Source Code and Patents From HP 80

An anonymous reader writes "LG is set to breathe new life into the webOS platform after the company announced today that it has acquired the software and its intellectual property from HP. The news comes after HP abandoned webOS device and software development in August 2011, then open-sourced the platform so that developers might be able to salvage something from the software that was widely acclaimed, despite the lack of smartphone and tablet sales which it powered. LG now claims complete ownership of the webOS source code, its documentation and webOS websites. It has obtained HP licenses, as well as the patents that Palm transferred to its owner when it was acquired in 2010."
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LG Acquires WebOS Source Code and Patents From HP

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  • by squiggleslash ( 241428 ) on Monday February 25, 2013 @03:46PM (#43006755) Homepage Journal

    Not sure it's mismanaged so much as "decided to suddenly stop for no apparent reason" - the CEO at the time wanting to turn HP into a software/services company. In that light, it's not immediately obvious what LG could do with it that would make things right.

    There's also something else you should consider. Back in the mid-nineties, a company called Gateway bought the assets of a bankrupt Commodore, making fans of the Amiga temporarily very excited thinking that a major PC maker was about to rescue the most innovative personal computer platform. Gateway was doing well, the Amiga's problem was mismanagement, and finally, thought many people, the Amiga might stand a chance of returning to its former glories and lead position.

    Did that happen? Did it bollocks. Gateway just wanted the patents. And with LG buying the rights, but so far as I can tell none of the people, and with LG producing smartphones and tablets in an atmosphere in which companies are able to get billion dollar judgments against their competitors over the infringment of dubious patents, LG needs a portfolio to protect its mobile business.

    So don't bet on any of this meaning LG is going to hire Palm/HP staffers and start building webOS tablets. This looks like a Gateway play, not an Escom play.

  • TV OS? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by slapout ( 93640 ) on Monday February 25, 2013 @04:48PM (#43007589)

    The rumor I heard was that they were going to use it in their TVs.

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