You may not remember much about webOS anymore but LG has been tinkering with the platform for a few years now. Its smart TVs, smart refrigerators, and other similar products are powered by this platform that it acquired the rights to from HP in 2013. LG now believes that this platform is ready to move beyond TVs which is why it has announced the launch of the webOS Open Source Edition today.
HP was the first company to try its luck with an open source version of webOS which was released back in 2011. It didn’t really pick up steam and HP ultimately ended up offloading the platform to LG in 2013.
LG first adopted webOS for its smart TV lineup and has since maintained that it has tremendous potential. “webOS has come a long way since then and is now a mature and stable platform ready to move beyond TVs,” said LG Chief Technology Officer Dr. I.P. Park.
LG’s aim with webOS Open Source Edition is to kickstart wider adoption for the platform so that it lands on devices tablets and set-top boxes as well as additional smart devices. The webOS Open Source Edition is now readily available to the public at http://webosose.org
Developers can hit up the link above to download the source code for free. They will also find related tools, guides, and forums on the site as they start working with the open source version of this platform.