LG's webOS smart TV slated to be shown off at CES 2014Alex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Nearly a year after HP sold webOS to LG, it looks like we'll soon finally see what the Life's Good crew has been doing with the card-based mobile platform. LG researcher Hong Sung-pyo revealed at a recent event in Korea that his company is planning to show off its first webOS-powered smart TV at CES in January 2014. Little is known about the device so far, but it is expected to be powered by a 2.2GHz dual-core processor and 1.5GB RAM. LG has said that its upcoming webOS TV will also feature voice and gesture recognition.
Life has been somewhat rough for webOS. After debuting in early 2009 and then launching on the Palm Pre exclusively at Sprint later that year, the platform never really seemed to gain a ton of traction with consumers, likely due at least in part to carrier deals. A few phones and one tablet later, HP ended up discontinuing operations on all of its webOS hardware and eventually sold the platform off to LG. Now the platform is ready to reemerge on smart TVs from LG, and it'll be interesting to see what tweaks have been made in the year that webOS has been cooking in LG's kitchens.
At the same event at which he announced LG's plan to show its webOS TV at CES, Hong Sung-pyo also said that his firm will be getting behind Enyo development, a framework for the creation and distribution of apps that was used by webOS and Open webOS. Few details are known about LG's plans, but the company likely wants to kickstart Enyo development once again so that its there are some apps available for its shiny new smart TV.