I am going to stop talking about the company and what we are doing for a little bit and start focusing on Technology and Usability topics. Today, I wanted to talk about mobile operating systems and the possible resurgence of WebOS (my personal favorite).
If you are/where a fan of PalmOS or WebOS back in the day, we all know that HP purchased webOS did some work with it, then killed ignorantly taking a huge loss on the purchase. Now that there is an option for open source development on the platform, there is some progress going on, but slow none-the-less. Two interesting things to happen to the webOS environment recently is Open WebOS released an build for the Galaxy Nexus. This build is definitely not a daily-driver build, but it is a good sign for the die hard fan-boys. Some other interesting news is that LG purchased webOS awhile back for use as a smart-TV operating system. At CES this year, they are supposed to unveil it. Now, this is not interesting news for mobile operating systems except for one thing.
Back in the old days, most cell phone manufactures created their own operating systems with Palm and BlackBerry at the forefront. Recently, consumers have been forced into only having a couple of options. Apple, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. News has been coming out of more options. Take a look at Sailfish, Ubuntu Touch; more interesting Samsung is creating Tizen and HTC is creating their own OS for smaller markets.
This is a good sign to a way back to more options for consumers. More options bring more competition and economics 101 states that when there is more competition, prices drop, and more innovation. With cell phone manufactures making their own operating systems, this paves the way for manufactures are not tied down to outside sources (Android and Google) this gives the manufactures complete control over their devices.
Now that I have said that, I am getting back to my point of why LG making a smart-TV OS based on WebOS. It is that while all of these big name smart-phone manufactures are making their own OS for smartphones as a backup to Android imploding, LG does not have anything. LG is new to being a major player in smart-phones with the Nexus line bringing them up and the LG G2 solidifying their place in the spotlight and proving that they do not need the Nexus line as their CEO stated. If the trend goes as I think it will LG is going to need a smart phone OS to keep up with everyone else. It took Samsung years to create Tizen and why would LG try to create something from nothing when they have the rights to WebOS.
Long live webOS, and more options for all.