webOS headed to CES 2014 in new LG smart television

LG ElectronicsLG acquired webOS from Hewlett-Packard earlier this year. While the announcement may have renewed hope that the mobile operating system would resurface in future mobile devices, LG made it clear that it had no plans to use the operating system in smartphones and tablets and would instead use it in in future smart televisions. The South Korean company confirmed today at an event in its home country that the first of these is headed to CES 2014.

This webOS-powered Smart TV will come with a 2.2GHz dual-core ARM-based processor and 1.5GB of RAM. No other details about the TV were revealed today.

LG is hoping that webOS will make it easier for users to discover an use the Smart TV features on their televisions. It found that its current operating system, Netcast, is not well used by many current TV owners. Either unfamiliar with the features it offers or relying instead on third-party accessories such as Chromecast or Apple TV, it is little used. LG is hoping that the switch to webOS will make those features more intuitive and increase its usage across its customer base. Whether LG will use webOS’ famed card-based interface in this new LG webOS version remains unclear at this time.

CES 2014 will take place January 7 to January 10 but many announcements are expected to take place on January 6.

Is anyone still interested in seeing webOS on a smartphone or tablet? If so, let us know why below.

Sources : ZDNet Korea // CNET