LG Electronics is reportedly planning to unveil a television that will run webOS, a mobile-device operating system purchased by LG from Hewlett-Packard.
Originally created by Palm Inc., webOS was purchased by HP in 2010 to compete with iOS and Android, but the company never managed to make a splash with webOS in the smartphone market. Now, sources state that LG is planning to introduce connected smart TVs featuring the mobile operating system at this year’s CES in Las Vegas.
Currently, not much is known regarding any specs of the alleged devices, but it has been stated that the OS will retain the cards functionality originally introduced by Palm. The Verge also reports that the TV will boast a 2.2GHz dual-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM and apps built for webOS, but LG has not confirmed any other specs regarding the TV or webOS.
LG comes in second, right behind Samsung, as the largest TV maker, and it introduced a number of new products in 2013, including a 105-inch curved-screen TV. According to the Wall Street Journal, LG also hinted as the possibility of including webOS in the company’s future smartphones and other devices.
It isn’t the first time we’ve seen rumors of an LG television running the defunct Palm’s operating system, and given how much people liked the software, it’s unlikely this will be the last.