LG buys HP's WebOS for new Smart TV platform

LG has reportedly bought HP's WebOS software to help build its next generation smart TV platform.

The company will use WebOS alongside Android on a new look smart TV platform but as yet there's no word on any smartphone implementation of HP's operating software.

The software was bought by HP after the demise of Palm's mobile products, the Palm Pre and TouchPad, which used the WebOS operating system.

Skott Ahn, president and chief technology officer of LG Electronics Inc., told CNET: "It creates a new path for LG to offer an intuitive user experience and Internet services across a range of consumer electronics devices."

LG is largely focused on the Android platform when it comes to mobile phones, and has launched the new Optimus L Series II and the full HD 1080p Optimus G Pro at MWC.

But it seems it will combine Android and WebOS when it comes to its smart TV platform for future LG TVs.

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Joe is Content Director for T3 and What Hi-Fi?, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).