Google didn’t made any significant dent in the market with its own hardware or consumer services until Nexus 7 happened. Nexus 7 and $249 Chromebook show that Google is seriously looked at taking its hardware to the masses and also focusing more on services or content it offers.
Google TV is one such product which has not seen much adoption or a craze like Apple TV. Many hardware vendors tried their hands at Google TV but it did not work and LG is one such company.
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According to reports LG is now looking at alternatives. WebOS Nation reports that LG has been working with HP’s open sourced edition of WebOS, Gram, to build a smart TV. The site says that the work was underway far before when HP even announced to open source WebOS.
WebOS will replaced LG’s own NetCast smart TV platform which was introduced back in 2009. According to reports one or the reasons LG is ditching Google TV is that they are not very happy with Google’s terms and conditions for Google TV. They are also concerned about the adoption of Google TV and also worried about Apple entering the smart TV business. I don’t understand what has Apple’s entry to do with Google TV?
Canonical Missed It Again?
Smart TVs are still in an infant stage, companies like Lenovo has also tried Android for Smart TVs. Canonical also showcased their Ubuntu-powered Smart TV is events recently. Revelation of LG working on WebOS for TV is surprising, has Canonical missed the smart TV bus as well?
Companies as big as LG often experiment with various platforms, so while it’s exciting to hear that they are working on WebOS for smart TV, the product will ever hit the store is a different question.
Google’s strategy with Chromebooks and Nexus 7 does show a shift in companies approach towards its products. We may soon hear something about Google TV as well.