LG to power smart TVs by WebOS (LG buys webOS code and patents from HP)

Despite its turbulent history, and finally got in therapy as an open source project under a wholly owned subsidiary of HP called Gram, it seems that WebOS will get a new lease of life – not only as a platform for smartphone. Today, LG announced it is buying all patents and source code of HP, and plans to use the once promising operating system for its line of Smart TVs.

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Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is probably safe to estimate the final number was significantly lower than the HP paid $ 1.2 billion in July 2010. At that time, WebOS still showed great promise despite initial Palm hardware below expectations. But in a span of just 18 months in office HP jerked few-ups, and was ultimately bets big on mobile devices under the Lead Mark Hurd essentially kill the division under Leo Apotheker and almost leave the market consumer PCs.

LG says it has no plans to use WebOS to power a wide range of smartphones or tablets. Like many others in the business, the company remains committed to the Android ecosystem, but with Samsung curves of all profits and market share does not hurt to have a platform independent mobile as backup.

Engineers who are on the team will move to WebOS LG laboratories in California. It is unclear when we will see the company show their plans for the platform on smart TVs or what will happen to webOS Open.

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Ubuntu dev preview for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4 coming next week

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In January, Canonical teased a version of the Ubuntu software for Galaxy Nexus smartphones would be released sometime in February. The new operating system was announced just before CES, revealing Canonical’s intent to bring the full range of desktop capabilities to compatible smartphones. Canonical has primarily used the Galaxy Nexus as its test device thus far, and it wasn’t that shocking to learn a developer version of Ubuntu would be handed out so soon. However, the developer just revealed a version of Ubuntu for Nexus 4 would arrive with the Galaxy Nexus edition, which comes as a bit of a nice surprise. Set to arrive on Feb. 21, the touch developer preview of Ubuntu for both Nexus smartphones will provide images and open source code for more savvy users to mess around with while they wait for a completed version. The idea is to give Ubuntu enthusiasts and developers a chance to see what the OS has to offer, and give an early lead on potential app creation for the smartphone software.Canonical will also release tools to help users flash their existing devices to the developer preview, which would allow them to stay up to date with the most current version.Attendees of Mobile World Congress can bring their Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 smartphones to the Canonical booth, where the developer will flash the devices themselves.Additionally at MWC, Canonical will have a variety of Ubuntu devices on display (including a possible tablet), though the actual proprietary phones aren’t expected to arrive until October.”Our platform supports a wide range of screen sizes and resolutions. Developers who have experience bringing up phone environments will find it relatively easy to port Ubuntu to current handsets,” said Canonical’s Pat McGowan in a statement. “We look forward to adding support for additional devices for everyday testing and experimentation. “The group has also created downloadable app design guidelines, giving potential developers the power to create for the full range of Ubuntu platforms. Though iOS and Android have dominated the market thus far, there’s plenty of room for a possible third option as Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 have yet to assert themselves in the marketplace. Whether that OS is Ubutnu will largely depend on how quickly and easily users are able to assimilate the open source software.

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Not just Windows Blue: The rest of Microsoft is shifting to yearly releases, too

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If a source close to Microsoft is to be believed, Windows Blue is a lot more than just annual updates to Windows 8 — it’s a massive shift towards regular updates for almost every Microsoft product, including Windows Phone, Windows Server, and online services such as Hotmail and SkyDrive.

Historically, Microsoft’s major products have usually been on a 3ish-year release cycle. This is a fairly standard timeframe in the software development world, especially when it comes to operating systems and productivity suites that need to be rigorously tested before being deployed on hundreds of millions of computers. Fast forward to today, though, and three years is quite literally a technological lifetime. So much can happen in three years that it’s virtually impossible for Microsoft to release a contemporary OS. In the time that it took Microsoft to fix Vista and release Windows 7, Facebook went from a few thousand users to 300 million users, and Apple released the first — and two more iterations — of the iPhone. Windows 8 began development before the initial release of the iPad — before the tablet market even existed — and wasn’t launched until after the iPad 3, by which point Apple had already won.

In short, it’s no surprise that Microsoft is moving Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Server, and its online services to an annual release cycle. Every single one of Microsoft’s competitors in the consumer space — Android, iOS, OS X — is on an annual-or-faster release schedule. The only way that Microsoft can hope to compete in the smartphone and tablet markets is if it can outmaneuver the competition, and that’s virtually impossible without a rapid release schedule. It’s a little unclear what the Blue update to Windows Server will entail, and likewise, web services like SkyDrive and Hotmail are already updated fairly often.

Windows 8 flag logoBlue, then, represents a huge internal shift for Microsoft, but it’s also a big change for OEMs and the entire PC industry as well. As far as we know, Microsoft is still on schedule to release Windows Blue in mid-2013 (for free or cheap), and it will probably be available through the Windows Store — bad news for OEMs hoping to sell new hardware on the back of a new OS. ZDNet’s source says that the Windows Phone, Server, and online service updates will arrive around the same time, but except for a couple of Metro-related rumors, no one knows what these updates will entail. Presumably they will be small tweaks, though, much like iOS or OS X’s yearly updates. New features might be added, but don’t expect any major interface changes — Microsoft is clearly set on a unified Metro experience across desktop, tablet, phone, and probably the game console too.

 

Moving forward, ZDNet says that Windows 9 is still on the roadmap — though we have no idea when it’ll land — and it isn’t clear if it’s a major update, or something that will be rolled out as part of Windows Blue. Curiously, there hasn’t been a single leak, rumor, or mention of Windows Phone 9 on the internet. Perhaps that’s a good sign that Microsoft’s Blue smartphone efforts are in full swing: If there’s a product that needs to be updated regularly to have any chance of success, it’s Windows Phone. Personally, the bit I’m most excited about is the integration between all of Microsoft’s products and services: Rapid updates should mean that Microsoft can add a new feature to your Xbox 720, and quickly follow up with system-level updates that integrate that feature into Windows 8 and WP8.

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Ubuntu-powered smartphones to ship in October

The last time I reviewed the Canonical Ubuntu-powered smartphone a few weeks ago when it was confirmed that the devices use the four corners of the screen to provide a more immersive experience.However, he had no clear idea when when we would see the Ubuntu power smartphones hit the market. Fortunately, CEO of Canonical, Mark Shuttleworth, has outlined a short launch window for phones.According to Shuttleworth, smartphones with the Ubuntu operating system will begin shipping to customers in October 2013. Meanwhile, Canonical representatives note that developers can access the operating system to start developing applications and other software as soon as this February. The first version of the operating system provides developers will be optimized to run on the Galaxy Nexus smartphone manufactured by Samsung.

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Shuttlesworth also notes that users will be able to run other operating systems on your computer, including Windows, iOS and Android.Of course, the success of Ubuntu-powered smartphones is far from guaranteed. While the operating system is very popular among open source developers, the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement in the world of business means that employees will choose their own phones, so it is most likely an iPhone or Apps for your business and personal needs.Shuttlesworth also noted that the Ubuntu operating system will be available in two major geographic markets in October. North America was not specifically named as one of those markets, but the company has confirmed to the States as a key market for Ubuntu.

Canonical Ubuntu Smartphone OS Announced

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The next CES will see the launch of the new Ubuntu OS for smartphones courtesy canonical. In a recent development, the manufacturer announced a distinctive smartphone interface for its popular operating system, Ubuntu, using the four edges of the screen for a more immersive experience.

Ubuntu only gives handset manufacturers and mobile operators the ability to converge phone, PC and Thin Clients in a single company superphone. “We expect Ubuntu to be popular in the enterprise market, allowing customers to provide a unique and secure all PCs, thin clients and telephone functions.

Ubuntu is already the most widely used Linux Enterprise Desktop with clients in a wide range of sectors focused on safety, cost and manageability, “said Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical.” We also see an opportunity in smartphones are used for basic telephone , SMS, Web and e-mail, which surpasses Ubuntu with its native database applications and elegant presentation. “Ubuntu is moving two main segments: the high end superphone, and Smartphone entry-level basic help operators to develop data usage among consumers who tend to use the phone and email but could include the use of web and e-mail on their phone.

ambitious Ubuntu also called prosumers who want a new experience with over Quick, richer low performance on a bill-of-material device. handset interface for Ubuntu introduces new distinctive user experiences for the mobile market, including: the magic Edge: thumb gestures of the four edges of the screen allow users to find content and switch between applications faster than other phones.

D’immersion depth content – controls appear only when the user wants. A global search for great applications, content and products . voice commands and text in any application for faster access to rich features. Natives and Web applications or HTML5. Evolution of custom art on the home screen. Ubuntu offers customization options compelling applications for partners, content and services. operators and OEMs can easily add their own brand offerings. Canonical personal cloud service, Ubuntu One, provides storage and media, file sharing service and secure transaction which allows partners to integrate their own service offerings easily. Canonical, it is easy to build phones with Ubuntu.

Society provides engineering services to unload the complexity of maintaining multiple code bases that is proved to be a common issue for manufacturers of smartphones, freeing the manufacturer to focus on the hardware design and integration. For silicon suppliers, Ubuntu is compatible with a typical Android package BSP (Board Support). It means that Ubuntu is ready for use on most models chipset cost-effectiveness.

Putting the phone Ubuntu, Canonical is uniquely positioned with a single operating system for client, server and cloud, and a family unified interface for the phone, the computer and the TV. “We are in a new era of technology convergence, with a unified operating system that underpins cloud computing, data centers, the computers and consumer electronics, “said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Products and Vice President at Canonical. Meanwhile, it seems that the company is a phone to be released in the last quarter of 2013 or the first quarter of 2014. Given that Ubuntu is open source, a complete picture that can run Ubuntu on a Galaxy Nexus will be available within a few days or weeks.