HP Spins Off WebOS Team as New Subsidiary Called Gram
HP today confirmed that it has carved a new niche for its webOS team, now called Gram, which will be responsible for the remnants of webOS and its the Enyo project. Gram is a wholly-owned subsidiary that will be run by HP. Gram will continue to deliver the HTML5-based Enyo code to the open source community, but beyond that not much is know about Gram's aims and goals. Gram will operate from within its current space at HP's campus. Based on the contents of an internal memo that Gram confirmed was legitimate, Gram considers itself to be a new company operating in stealth mode. It is even seeking new talent, despite the fact that HP has gutted most of the former Palm employees. HP purchased Palm in 2010 for $1.2 billion, but killed of webOS smartphones and tablets in August 2011.
Hands On with HP's Elite x3
HP is jumping back into phones at a completely unexpected time. HP made quite a few iPAQ Windows smartphones back in the day (2004-2009, to be precise.) Then they bought Palm and infamously drove that into the ground.
LG Releases Open Source Version of WebOS to Spur Invention
LG today made an open version of the webOS platform available to developers and the public. Anyone can download webOS Open Source Edition from LG's web site and use the the code for whatever they wish.
LG to Add Mobile Component to TVs Via WebOS 3.0
LG will use its webOS platform to let smartphone owners connect directly to their smart TV. The company plans to show off new TV sets at the CES trade show next month.
LeEco Buys Vizio for $2 Billion
LeEco today announced plans to acquire Vizio for $2 billion. LeEco is a China-based TV, content, and phone maker, while Vizio is a U.S.-based TV maker.