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webOS lives on... again
Last year LG resurrected Palm’s ill-fated webOS smartphone platform, reimagining it as a next-generation Smart TV platform with little in the way of any sort of competition when it comes to usability and design. It was just June that LG announced that they’ve sold 1 million television sets running webOS, and now the company is back with seven – yes, count them, seven – new models running an upgraded version of LG’s webOS platform, which the company is calling webOS 2.0, all in various sizes. Oh, and some of them are even curved.
But unlike last year’s webOS Smart TVs, which featured essentially mostly conventional 1080p LCD panels, this year LG is making a bold move by heavily pushing the next generation 4K OLED technology. OLED panels have several improvements over traditional LCDs, including blacker blacks, deeper and richer colors, and better energy efficiency.
OLEDs aren’t necessarily anything new – they’ve been a staple of numerous CES’s past, at this point – but LG’s new webOS 2.0 OLED Smart TVs promise to be among the first relatively affordable OLED sets. 4K panels, of course, offer a much higher resolution than 1080p displays resulting in a much sharper, more detailed picture.
LG hasn’t said anything in the way of pricing or availability of any of their 4K OLED Smart TVs, however expect to learn more in the weeks and months ahead.
Hey, they have a lot of competition
Pebble was one of the first out with a functional, usable, and not-too-ugly-looking modern smartwatch in 2013, but things have changed drastically since then. The smartwatch competition has heated up like perhaps nobody could have expected; Samsung, Sony, Fitbit, LG, and even Google have gotten into the game big time, and Apple is expected to launch its very real and very powerful “iWatch” smartwatch before 2014 draws its last breath. In early 2013, Pebble had little competition – today, there’s little shortage. Pebble is fully aware of its situation, and has responded with full force; the company has today announced that they have hired away Itai Vonshak and Liron Damir from LG. Vonshak and Damir are best known, of course, as the head UI designers of LG’s incarnation of webOS.
Make no mistake, this is the real thing. Pebble knows they’ve got a good thing going, and the company is in no way ready to drop the ball to the likes of Google and Apple. Today’s hiring of two of the industry’s top designers will absolutely make a mark on the company’s inevitable next-generation smartwatches. And with almost two years of experience, two talented designers, and quickly growing brand recognition, Pebble may very well have what it needs to keep up its title as the industry’s leading manufacturer of smartwatches.
The end game
It’s Friday. The liveblogs are ending; the major announcements wrapped up, the wacky finds fewer and further between. CES 2014 has finally come to an end, and this was our second year covering the event, finding the most important, most influential, or just plain most crazy announcements of the week. It was also our biggest year covering the event, with thousands of readers visiting the site to check out the best of what CES has to offer.
It was a pretty crazy week. Let’s revisit it. Click through after the break to read more.
Cards are out, lines are in
WebOS is back. That’s if LG has its way, who today made their plans for the reinvention of the Smart TV based on the platform official. Originally developed by Palm, then put in the hands of HP in the wake of their Palm buyout, then open sourced by HP after the company cut the cord after failed launches of numerous new WebOS devices, and then finally bought by LG last year. But before you get all excited, former WebOS fans, let me cool your tempers a little bit – this is very much not the WebOS you knew and loved. This is WebOS reborn.
The new WebOS largely ditches the familiar “cards” metaphor that Palm introduced with WebOS those many years ago and instead focuses on a new “line” metaphor – because, according to LG, “what’s easier than a line?” Clearly the UI had to be rethought in order to work on the big screen using the remote as the primary method of input, and what LG has come up with is beautiful – but very, very different.
To make the television easier for the end consumer to set up and navigate, LG has introduced a new character dubbed “Bird Bean” – we kid you not – that will act as the Clippy of your next LG television, guiding you through the set up process and allowing you to better navigate the uncharted territory that is the webOS based Smart TV. Apps are in, but an app ecosystem is out, for now. LG says that they’re focusing on making sure all the content people expect are there for now, so while you’ll see favorites such as YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, etc., you won’t see your favorite third party indie app for now.
LG says that over half of all their televisions that they’ll release in 2014 will come equipped with WebOS, and that those televisions will make up around 75% of all their TV sales. This is uncharted territory for WebOS, LG, and the entire Smart TV industry – and we can’t wait to see where this goes.
Big TVs are good TVs
LG is positioning itself to be the leader of the smart television revolution in 2014 with the much rumored and recently leaked webOS TV, but that doesn’t mean its stopping there. Far from it, in fact – LG is also showing off tons of other beautiful, futuristic, and huge televisions at CES this year. Take the LG 105UC9, for example: a 105-inch television with a super high resolution panel of 5120 x 2160, higher than that of 4K. Oh, and of course, it’s curved – because goodness knows that no new screen is complete these days if it’s not curved.
Of course, that’s an extreme case unlikely to ever find its way to your family room, so lets get a little more practical. LG is also planning the UB9800 series, a lineup of 4K televisions that’ll come in 65-inch, 79-inch, 84-inch, and 98-inch varieties.
All of these TVs can play 4K (and beyond) content from almost any source imaginable, including HDMI 2.0, USB 3, and even LAN with h.264 decoding built right into the television. Who says a television needs webOS installed to be considered “smart?” We’ll be sure to bring you all the latest in television news all throughout the week as we comb through every last CES 2014 announcement. Stay tuned.
webOS sure looks different
WebOS sure looks different now. The operating system obtained by HP in their buyout of Palm in 2010 and later purchased by LG is making its grand reappearance at CES 2014 next week, with its latest incarnation not running on a smartphone or a tablet, but rather a television. LG is promising that this will “reinvent the television,” and now we know what they’re all excited to unveil. Thanks to everyone’s good friend @evleaks, we’ve got the first promotional images of LG’s webOS television set – which you can see in the image above.
Clearly LG has been hard at work re-inventing webOS – gone are the beautiful, highly detailed iconography and visual metaphor, and in comes a sort of strange blade-type user interface. Clearly LG had some work to do to make webOS usable with a television’s primary input device – the remote control – but you’d be hard pressed to recognize that this was webOS in the slightest.
We’ll be covering the launch of LG’s webOS TV, as well as the rest of CES 2014, next week. Stay tuned for more details regarding our full CES 2014 coverage.
The OS that won't die
The operating system that just won’t die is about to rise again, as LG is preparing to launch their WebOS based Smart TV at CES next week. Specific details are slim at the moment, but what we do know makes me hopeful – the new television set, which LG claims will be a “game changer”, will retain WebOS’s existing and famous “cards” metaphor that debuted with the Palm Pre in 2009. The UI design has been credited for influencing the design of not only this new LG set, but also Windows Phone’s multitasking system as well as iOS 7’s.
As for hardware specifics, this might just be the most powerful television set ever created. Under the screen sits a 2.2 GHz dual-core processor of some sort (likely ARM based), 1.5GB of RAM, and it’ll feature a (hopefully) thriving app ecosystem.
We’ll be sure to bring you more on the new television set, as well as all the goodies CES has to offer, as we begin our full CES 2014 coverage next week. Stay tuned.
Reminds us that WebOS used to be a thing
RIP webOS – kind of. HP has just announced that they will issuing a mandatory system update for all webOS devices running webOS 2.1 and up, including the Palm Pre 2, HP Palm Pre 3, HP Veer, and HP TouchPad. But before you get too excited, this update just reinforces the sad truth that neither HP nor anybody in the market (well, except for maybe LG) cares about webOS anymore as the update merely extends a security certificate on all webOS devices that was set to expire on July 23rd.
If you chose not to install the update for whatever bizarre reason, you’ll unfortunately be locked out of all of your devices’ webOS Cloud Services. All of this is assuming that you still use your webOS device, of course – hey, someone’s bound to still be using their $99 HP TouchPad.
To use on Smart TVs
Big news for fans of Palm’s ill-fated but excellent webOS, such as myself – LG has agreed to purchase webOS and the webOS development team (or at least what remains of it) from HP for an unreported sum of money. According to LG, the company will not be using the operating system to power future smartphones (they appear to be firmly in the Android camp), but rather to power future Smart TVs they’ll be introducing this year and beyond.
LG’s President and Chief Technology Officer had nothing but good things to say about the deal of course, saying in the announcement:
“[webOS] creates a new path for LG to offer an intuitive user experience and Internet services across a range of consumer electronics devices.”
Luckily for current users of Palm/HP webOS products, such as the Pre line of smartphones, the Veer, the Pixi, and the TouchPad, LG has stated that they will continue to support all prior webOS devices as before. The webOS team will be relocating to LG’s new LG Silicon Valley Lab in California.
The mobile platform that just won't die
WebOS Ports, a team dedicated to bringing the newly open sourced webOS operating system to a host of other devices (a la CyanogenMod style), has just announced that they’ve managed to port and boot, untethered, open webOS 1.0 to the Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 is, of course, Google’s flagship 7″ Android tablet regularly running Android 4.1.
WebOS Ports has posted a great little video showcasing an alpha version of the software, which you can see below. Given its status as an early alpha version, it runs with a degree of slowness and lag, but that’s something that should be cleaned up fairly soon. Open webOS is the perfect opportunity for users of various Android devices to run the decently supported, extraordinarily well designed operating systen that is webOS, which before being open sourced was seen on the Palm Pre, Palm Pixi, HP Veer, and HP TouchPad.
Via: webOS Nation
It’s been a long road since HP first announced that webOS would be going open source in December of 2011. The platform, previously created by Palm and obtained by HP in their acquisition, was seen by many as the Hail Mary play of mobile platforms for Palm, one that would bring them into competition with the world of iPhones and Android devices. Reviews were stellar, but the sales – unfortunately – were never there, leading to HP purchasing the once iconic company. From then on, HP released three new devices – the Palm Pre 3, the HP Veer, and the HP TouchPad, all featuring the wonderfully crafted operating system*.
Unfortunately, through a series of poor business decisions and mismanaged resources, all three devices ended up being giant flops, with it even infamously being reported that Best Buy was refusing any more TouchPad orders, complaining that they’ve got too many of them sitting out back waiting to be sold as it was. All of this led to HP cutting the webOS division (in a decision that, at the time, also included all of the company’s PC devices as well), which meant the death of webOS, until the company decided to launch an initiative to open source the product.
It’s been a long time since that day, but finally, HP’s done right by their promise and has today launched a working beta version of Open webOS. In an announcement today, the company announced the immediate availability of the source code, complete with instructions on how to build and launch the product. Pre-requisites include a working installation of the 32-bit version of Ubuntu 11.x or 12.04 – so fire up those apt-get instances and get compiling.
We’ll have a more complete overview of the first beta release of Open webOS later on.
Source: Open webOS
Well looky what we have here – popular webOS fan site webOS Nation has stumbled upon a concept video by then HP licensed design firm Transparent House that has a nice little glimpse at the webOS concept phone that never was, the “Stingray”.
Essentially the “Stingray” was an all-touchscreen, slate webOS phone sans hardware keyboard alternative to the Pre line, which predominantly featured a slide out keyboard. The phone was said to feature the same 3.6-inch screen as the Pre 3.
Check out the concept video after the break for a better glance at this unreleased device.