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webOS TV will use Cards interface

When LG purchased webOS from HP earlier this year, the electronics firm tipped that it would use the OS it had purchased in a new line of Smart TVs. Now, word has surfaced from the Wall Street Journal that LG is planning to unveil that webOS-powered Smart TV at CES 2014 next week.
WebOS hasn’t exactly had a success on the market since it was first launched by Palm as an operating system for smartphones in 2009. HP purchased Palm to get webOS in 2010 and was unable to make anything successful using the operating system.

webOS failed in the mobile market, but LG is looking to give it new life with Smart TVs.
LG has made no official comment on the Smart TV, but rumors suggest that it will feature the easy-to-use Cards interface that has been part of webOS since its initial introduction.
Samsung is working on its own Smart TV operating system, Tizen, which is being developed in cooperation with Intel. The OS will be used on smartphones and TVs and is expected to debut next year.

Source: WSJ

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I don't see the point to Smart TVs
By troysavary on 12/31/2013 9:11:45 AM , Rating: 2
It seems to me the TV should be basically a monitor by now, since most of the "smarts" is provided by the various devices we plug into it. I don't even have a use for the TV tuner, much less any other gadgetry added. Just give me a high quality screen with a ton of inputs. Voila, perfect TV.

By Nortel on 12/31/2013 9:42:19 AM , Rating: 3
One word: gimmicks.

TV manufacturers realized, yes, you can compete on picture quality... but your big box store doesn't bother to connect the TV's to a dedicated blu-ray player with hdmi and calibrate them. Almost always you'll see a source outputting RCA connections going into a 1 to 20 splitter then into all your sets.

Manufacturers now compete on, in order (besides price):

-thin bezels

-"smart TV's"



-refresh rate

-energy efficiency

Gone are the days of competing on black levels, skin tone and color accuracy. It's far easier to make a dogshit panel with thin bezels and some "smart" aspect to fill out the selling points.

By jimbojimbo on 12/31/2013 10:30:36 AM , Rating: 3
It seems everything is a gimmick to somebody these days.

What do I do with my smart TV? Well, I use XBMC mostly so I don't do much with it really except when I want to watch TV shows on Netflix. It's a pain to search movies with the remote but it's so easy to just continue to the next episode. The other thing I have done is smart TVs are generally DLNA ready so I used BubbleUPNP to search the shares on my NAS then with the app I can tell my TV to play that file. The TV has digital audio out so I get full HD and surround out of it. It's basically a Chromecast for local files.
Although it isn't absolutely necessary it's one of those nice things to have. In fact if I had a TV in another room I'd probably prefer a smartTV so I don't have extra gadgets plugged in around it.
I've had it for 2 years now and the smartTV features are still just fine although I'm pissed that they don't have Amazon streaming on mine.

By CountZero on 12/31/2013 10:42:03 AM , Rating: 2
Turning on my ps3 just to stream videos seems like overkill to me. I wouldn't pay extra for smart TV stuff but these days you don't have to and anywhere the TV overlaps with other devices I will choose the TV. If it could completely replace a box (like say a roku) that's one less box I need to keep hooked up. I realize if you are into home theater than turning on multiple devices isn't something you think about but for me the less devices I turn on the better.

By Jeffk464 on 12/31/2013 12:21:28 PM , Rating: 2
Oh come on Samsung the last thing we need is another OS. How about just using linux or android.

By Jeffk464 on 12/31/2013 12:24:33 PM , Rating: 2
Just give me a high quality screen with a ton of inputs. Voila, perfect TV.

True enough, TV is a place where windows actually kicks but. Give me a dumb TV with a windows 7 based small factor PC and I'm happy.

By mike8675309 on 1/2/2014 10:32:10 AM , Rating: 2
Not a lot of point for a number of people, but there are a couple groups that could use smart tv. One is the group that doesn't have kids, and do not have video game machines in their home. Thus streaming for them is over an ipad or macbook. Some of those sure have apple TV. But a lot don't. So having a TV that has a fast UI for streaming content can be a win.

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