LG to Buy WebOS from HP – Will Used in TVs not Cells

Posted by at 3:40 pm on February 25, 2013

LG today revealed that it has agreed to acquire the webOS operating system from HP for an undisclosed sum.

LG said it has no intension to use webOS in mobile phones, as it is happy to use Google’s Android mobile operating system in its smartphones. Instead, LG plans to take advantage of webOS in its smart television and other consumer electronics products.

WebOS began life in 2009 as then-Palm’s new operating system. Palm and webOS were later acquired by HP, which eventually shuttered the operating system and made it open source. WebOS will continue to be developed by LG at its Sunnyvale, Calif., R&D facility.

Details about employee transitions, financials, and how the deal affects the open source version of webOS were not immediately disclosed.

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