The webOS TV will be running a different version of HP’s smartphone operating system, scaled better for larger screens and with some new gestures. LG has had a problem with developing operating systems and skins before, particularly when it comes to designing interfaces.
LG has said the webOS TV will come with 2.2GHz dual-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM, we are not sure if the dual-core processor will be a Snapdragon 800 or something a little different like the MediaTek dual-core lineup.
The webOS TV will also run Enyo third party apps store and LG will be looking to find suitable TV applications. The regulars Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant and other social/video apps are bound to pop up in the first few months, with more to follow later.
Palm OS was the original “smartphone” OS, back before Android, iOS and Windows Phone. A lot of the designs and ideas that went into Palm OS were seeded into the popular mobile OS’s today, like the cards interface.
LG may have less popularity when it comes to their redesign of webOS, but we still think it will be better than most of the skins and interface choices LG has made in the past.
The first webOS TV will be available to check out at CES 2014 in January – last year we got a good look at all the new 4K displays on offer and we wonder what price point LG is looking to market the webOS TV at – we expect high-end since it is a smart TV.