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Is webOS Ready To Move Beyond TVs?

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With today's announcement from LG on open sourcing webOS OSE, LG's Chief Technology officer said , “webOS has come a long way since then and is now a mature and stable platform ready to move beyond TVs.”

So what does this actually mean? We know LG has put webOS on a smart fridge and projector, but could other appliances or possibly even phones be on the list? Maybe not directly for LG but what they probably want to see, is the usage of webOS in other technology and form factors with a common tie-back to LG. HP tried to do the same with the Open webOS Project that didn;t go anywhere and the domain is not coming up online today.  Open WebOS reborn as LuneOS for mobile devices which also saw little adoption. 

With this latest release, does LG have the push to make it something HP could not? That's the real question and only time will tell. In teh end, it's all about users for an OS to survive even though there are plenty of nostalgic Palm and HP webOS fans keeping their fingers crossed for a webOS powered smart phone or tablet.

Articles on today's release:

https://www.slashgear.com/lg-webos-open-source-edition-kicks-off-global-trek-19523548/

https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/19/17138246/free-webos-open-source-download

Check out the graphic where we see a tablet, media player, TV...and what is assumed to be a graphic for AI possibly....

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Well I'm all for an expansion, but LG needs to be seen to engage with both content providers, app producers and end users if they want webOS to blossom and not die on the vine as it did with Palm/HP.

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