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LG Purchases WebOS, What Does It Mean?

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With MWC officially under way there’s going to be a lot of news about new devices that will be coming out this year.  More or less every manufacturer will be showing off their latest and greatest devices and we’ll all stare in awe and think about how to save up for that device.  However, a very interesting acquisition took place in the midst of all the MWC craziness, one that shouldn’t be overlooked.  LG has officially purchased WebOS from HP.

That’s right, WebOS has moved hands once again.  If you’re not familiar with the OS, it was originally owned by Palm.  They put out some very good devices but their marketing really hurt them a lot.  They then folded and were sold to HP who tried to create their own devices.  However they flopped even worse than Palm and now they’ve sold off WebOS to HP.

Now LG has stated that the acquisition was to help them with their new TV platform that they’ve been working on for a little while.  However, it’s hard not too think that LG won’t at least try to utilize this in their mobile tech as well.  Whether that means actually working on WebOS phones and tablets or simply utilizing some of the software and patents they’ve acquired to further customize their Android OS we’ll have to wait and see.

I for one invite the return of WebOS.  I had a chance to play around with some devices back when Palm owned them and I even landed a TouchPad during the fire sale and I have to say I was pretty impressed with the OS.  It offered one of the most fluid interfaces and most intutive multi-tasking systems too date, even with dated hardware.  So I can only imagine how the OS would run on today’s hardware.  And even if they don’t officially launch WebOS devices, they could definitely try to incorporate some of the ideas into their Android devices.

[PhoneArena]