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LG takes webOS open source

LG has released webOS Open Source Edition to help expand its footprint. (Source: LG)
LG has released webOS Open Source Edition to help expand its footprint. (Source: LG)
LG released an open source version of its in-house operating system webOS. Dubbed webOS Open Source Edition, the new operating system is available for download now with the company soliciting ideas on ways it can be further commercialized.

LG has announced that it has released an open source variant of its webOS platform. The operating system has been shipping in LG’s smart TVs for the past few years and the Korean company now says that it is keen to see it spread further. To facilitate this, the company has developed webOS Open Source Edition and is soliciting ideas about how it can make the operating system more ubiquitous.

As part of its announcement, LG has said that it has entered into an agreement with the Korean government to advance webOS as an open platform through a government body that specializes in helping startups. LG says that it will invite startups to showcase solutions using webOS and will shortlist startups that show promise. The company will offer both logistical and technical support with a view to commercializing the products. Interested parties can download the new operating system at webosose.org.

The operating system has a storied history. First developed by Palm as a contemporary of Apple’s iOS in the mid-2000s, it was very well received by the critics as a truly modern smartphone operating system capable of competing with the iPhone. Unfortunately, the Palm Pre smartphone that it shipped with just wasn’t up to it from a hardware quality perspective and users steered clear of it. Palm found a willing buyer in HP in 2010 that planned on deploying it on tablets and smartphones, but a change of management quickly killed that initiative off after a tepid response to the initial hardware. HP open sourced webOS for a period before selling the IP to LG in 2013.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-03-19 (Update: 2018-03-19)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.