As we mentioned yesterday, rumors have been floating around for a while now that LG are set to bolster their range of smart televisions at CES next week, with a new offering running webOS.
There’s less than a week before the show and evleaks have a shot of what they claim is the new LG webOS unit.
webOS TV, by LG, 2014 pic.twitter.com/xM8plvxJ4g
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 2, 2014
As leakers go, evleaks have a pretty strong track record to say the least, so we’d say it’s highly likely that this will be the unit that LG shows off on the 7th.
webOS began life as a mobile operating system developed by Palm, acquired by HP while the company was on the verge of failure in 2010. HP attempted to use version 3.0 of the platform to drive a tablet, the HP TouchPad, which they abandoned in 2011 and have now licensed exclusively to LG as of February 2013. In addition to pushing webOS towards smart televisions, LG sponsor the Open webOS Project, an attempt to drive adoption and development, although the site has seen little update in almost nine months.
We’re still on the fence about smart TV tech in general. As the only manufacturer of a third-generation Google TV, we’re curious if LG are taking this step to finally abandon the Android-based service. With other compelling options such as the Chromecast kicking around it feels as though the logical progression is away from screens with integrated software and back towards discrete offerings. Last year Samsung proved just how costly migrating between smart platforms, charging their customers $300 for a module which upgraded select older devices to their 2013 platform. As more of us cut the cord and drive our media experiences from smartphones and tablets the presence of another layer of software and hardware feels totally unnecessary.
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