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by Derek Kessler Fri, 14 Dec 2012 8:08 pm EST

Don't expect the LG webOS TV at CES 2013

Back in October when we broke the news that Gram is working with LG on creating an Open webOS-powered HDTV, we were told by our sources that the plan was to unveil the next-generation smart TV at CES 2013 (8-11 January). With CES now less than a month away, we're being told that a reveal next month is unlikely, as much as Gram wants to start making money off Open webOS and LG might want to move on from the aging NetCast and controlling Google TV platforms. The CES 2013 target launch was an optimistic one and we'll admit that we were a little skeptical that it was going to happen so quickly. Unsurprisingly, HP/Gram declined to comment on the reports that they are working with LG on an Open webOS TV, let along whether or not said television will be launching at CES.

The work between LG and Gram is ongoing, though the leaks that were behind our October exclusive apparently spooked executives at the companies (though who exactly and to what degree they were upset by the leak isn't clear), prompting Gram to go further into lockdown/stealth mode. The plan was for Gram to have formally launched by now, but for the time being they're putting the public unveil of the new company on hold and focusing on their work on Open webOS and with LG.

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webOS hardware cancellation was supposed to be announced months after August. But when Bloomberg leaked it, they were forced to announce it right away...

Bloomberg didn't leak anything about webOS hardware - they had the Autonomy story and the splitting HP in two story (which was not planned for public disclosure at that point): http://www.webosnation.com/hp-spin-pc-unit-double-down-cloud-and-softwar...

The webOS hardware cancellation didn't come until HP announced it unprompted that day: http://www.webosnation.com/breaking-hp-shutting-down-webos-device-operat...

Dammit, Kessler, stop spooking HP.

He's spooking LG and any potential future partners, not HP.

Yes, the Almighty Kessler directs and controls the Marketplace! Muwhahahaha! (that's supposed to be an evil laugh!)

I believe it's spelled Mwahahahahahaha! :p

I don't even know why I have a spell checker!

Gratification delayed is alright.

True it would be a media saturated unveiling at CES, but still, true believers are waiting to see what the release looks like.

I'm ready to evangelize the webOS powered TV whenever it gets released.

As for gram, "run silent run deep" might not be a bad strategy until they have some PE goodness in hand ready to sell...

I don't know about everyone else out there, but I'd much rather they take the time, get the development right, and then show off a complete product. Otherwise, they'll show off a fancy future product that's partly smoke and mirrors, not have time to finish it but take months to bring it to market, still have some rough edges, promise a bunch of stuff for coming months, get bested by the Motorola Droid because it launched first and...

Sorry, I was having a flashback.

why can't they be working closely with LG to make a PHONE! Instead, wishful thinking I guess...

Maybe they are...

Maybe it's two tiered. Get the Smart TV out there, get Developers jumping in for a new twist and the novelty effect...

Then - BLAM!!!

Now you need a webOS Phone to act as a remote and take advantage of TV / mobile synergistic goodness. :D

Signed,
Starry Eyed Dreamer

+1
but i still think that "Quad-Core Hdmi dongle" are the BEST way to go !!

Meg if you Hear Me!!!

Well... I don't expect the LG webOS TV _at all_. Quite negative, I know. But then it's still HP we're talking about. There are so many O's in their version of sloooooow, it might brick the poor webserver, when someone tries to post it here...

By the way... I remember hearing some weirdos babbling about webOS printers a while ago...

better not to roll it out prematurely
scheduling releases for trade shows seems a foolish strategy

Stealth, shmelsh. They are operating that way because they have no option to do otherwise, I think.

My concern is that it has got to be hard to keep good engineers in that environment. How would anyone like to explain a job at Gram to their parents or kids? Pride in one's position is important, and HP/Gram is not fostering that with "stealth". No wonder the biggest brains of the Enyo team left!

Delaying this is a mistake, in my opinion. I don't see what's so bad about free publicity. Public reaction to the leak of the webOS TV seems to have been universally positive. Unless they've got an amazing top secret marketing campaign under wraps (highly unlikely), they're going to need all the help they can get - especially since Gram has zero marketplace recognition. Personally, I think they should have dusted off the Palm name for the spinoff webOS unit. It's universally recognized, and while it may be a bit weathered, I think it would be easier to redeem the "Palm" name than to launch the "Gram" one.

I suppose it's better to delay this under wraps rather than launch Gram, announce the T.V., then delay it publicly. Well all know what happened with the Palm Pre, Pre3, Veer, Pre 2, & TouchPad when they were delayed...