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LG Electronics seeking to expand its webOS global footprint

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LG Electronics (LG) entered into a memorandum of understanding with the National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA), to make webOS more accessible worldwide.

On Monday, 19 March, LG Electronics announced it entered into a memorandum of understanding with the National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA), the governmental body within South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT (Information and Communication Technology) responsible for developing the country’s IT sector. This comes at a time when LG in engaged in efforts to make webOS even more accessible to today’s consumers and industries.

According to LG, it will solicit webOS business proposals from hundreds of start-ups recommended by NIPA, shortlisting the most viable ones to provide logistical and technical support with commercialization as the ultimate goal.

In addition, start-ups will be able to share their ideas and initiatives with other industry influencers at international events such as Open Source Summit and OSCON (O’Reilly Open Source Convention).

Meanwhile, LG has released a webOS Open Source Edition of its platform, which is now available to the public at http://webosose.org.

“Developers can download the source code free as well as taking advantage of related tools, guides and forums on the site to become more familiar with webOS and its inherent benefits as a smart devices platform,” says LG in the statement, adding that webOS will be “quite familiar to even new developers” since “webOS is a Linux-kernel-based multitasking OS with support for HTML5 and CSS3.”

Dr. I.P. Park, Chief Technology Officer at LG Electronics said that “when LG adopted webOS for our popular smart TV lineup in 2013, it did so with the knowledge that webOS had tremendous potential,” adding that “webOS has come a long way since then and is now a mature and stable platform ready to move beyond TVs to join the very exclusive group of operating systems that have been successfully commercialization at such a mass level.”

He believes that webOS has yet more to offer to its customers and industries in general: “As we move from an app-based environment to a web-based one, we believe the true potential of webOS has yet to be seen.”

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