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Monday, 25.02.13
MWC LIVE: LG Electronics acquires webOS assets from HP - to be reused for Smart TVs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:46 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

According to a now pulled article at CNet, LG said today that it was (or is?) acquiring webOS from Hewlett-Packard. However, unlike you might expect, the Korean electronic giant has no intentions to use it for mobile phones but instead it was said that LG will use it for its range of smart TVs. According to CNet, LG obtains the source code for webOS, related documentation, engineering talent and even related webOS Web sites. LG also gets HP licenses for use with its webOS products, and patents HP obtained from Palm. Skott Ahn, President and CTO of LG Electronics is quoted with a statement that "It (webOS) creates a new path for LG to offer an intuitive user experience and Internet services across a range of consumer electronics devices".

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Friday, 09.12.11
EXIT: HP to contribute webOS to Open Source
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:47 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

HP today announced it will contribute its Palm webOS software to the open source community and even plans to continue being active in the development and support of webOS. By combining the innovative webOS platform with the development power of the open source community, there is, according to HP, an opportunity to significantly improve applications and web services for the next generation of devices (whoever should manufacture these). webOS offers a number of benefits to the entire ecosystem of web applications. For developers, applications can be easily built using standard web technologies. In addition, its single integrated stack offers multiplatform portability.

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Tuesday, 08.11.11
REPORT: HP's webOS on "Fire-Sale"? Amazon, RIM, IBM, Oracle and Intel mentioned as potential buyers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:11 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

According to an exclusive Reuters report, Hewlett Packard is definitely and finally looking to sell its Palm webOS operating system for roughly hundreds of millions of dollars but less than the US$ 1.2 billion that HP paid last year. Most interesting are the five potential buyers, Reuters mentioned in its report. Advised by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, several technology companies have expressed an interest in buying HP's webOS division, which is seen as attractive for its patents, Reuters sources said. However it seems that only five candidates made it to the finale: Amazon, RIM (Research In Motion), IBM, Oracle and Intel. However, in my humble opinion Palm's webOS patents might make most sense for IBM and Oracle. On the other hand, the mobile OS itself might be also interesting for Amazon, RIM and even Intel.

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Wednesday, 13.07.11
ENHANCED: HP announces GSM/UMTS enabled HP TouchPad 4G
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:21 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

I mentioned it earlier this week in HP TouchPad review, that a HP TouchPad GSM/UMTS version is expected to be launched anytime later this year but HP went even further yesterday evening and confirmed that the - so called - HP TouchPad 4G is coming to AT&T. But that's not all because the TouchPad 4G will also have a faster 1.5 GHz processor, but the same 32 GB of storage and integrated GPS as the WiFi only version. Also the other features and specs seem to be unchanged, meaning the HP TouchPad 4G will run the same webOS 3.0 version as the WiFi counterpart and featuring HP's latest and greatest Touch to Share and Touchstone technology.

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Monday, 20.06.11
UNVEILED: HP Pre 3 and webOS 2.2 to feature Skype?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:07 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

German .webOS Blog has received screenshots of a HP Pre 3 which shows a Skype integration in webOS 2.2. According to .webOS Blog's tipster, it's said that Skype is part of and deeply integrated into webOS 2.2 and allows to define if international calls should be automatically dialed via Skype while domestic calls are connected through the carrier's telephony service. Alternatively it's also possible to define if webOS should ask every time through which service the call should be connect. That said it was also mentioned that audio and video chats were successfully tested with O2 Germany's 3G mobile network and not just through a WiFi connection.

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