But that left webOS, a really great operating system, in the doghouse for a few years, until it found an unlikely home … with LG, which bought the operating system and made the operating system a major selling point of its high-end OLED televisions.
Now, LG is putting webOS in a position of glory once again, announcing (just a month after it released an ambitious redesign
) that it would license its operating system to TV manufacturers the world over, creating a new smart TV competitor to the more dominant (but decidedly lower-end) Roku operating system.
As The Verge notes
, LG is largely replicating the successful Roku and Fire TV licensing model by doing this, but as someone who knows their tech history, I have to admit that I find the whole thing to be a little bit joy-inducing as someone who always felt a little sad that webOS never found its footing in mobile.
That LG is investing in it to the point that other manufacturers are coming on board means that despite all the trials, tribulations, and bad business decisions, webOS didn’t just survive. It thrived.
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