The team at Qt and LG Electronics partner to provide webOS as the platform for embedded smart devices in the automotive, robotics and smart home sectors.
The webOS, also known as LG webOS, is a Linux kernel-based multitasking operating system for smart devices. The webOS platform powers smart home devices including LG Smart TVs and smart home appliances, and can also deliver greater consumer benefits in high-growth industries such as the automotive sector. The system UI of LG webOS is written mostly using Qt Quick 2 and Qt technology. Last year in March, LG announced an open-source edition of webOS.
I.P. Park, president and CTO of LG Electronics, said in a statement, “Smart devices have the potential to deliver an unmatched customer experience wherever we may be – in our homes, cars, and anywhere in between.”
Park further added, “Our partnership with Qt enables us to dramatically enhance webOS, providing our customers with the most advanced platform for the creation of highly immersive devices and services. We look forward to continuing our long-standing collaboration with Qt to deliver memorable experiences in the exciting areas of automotive, smart homes and robotics.”
LG selected Qt as its business and technical partner for webOS to meet the challenging requirements and also to navigate the market dynamics of the automotive, smart home and robotics industries.
With this partnership, Qt will provide LG with end-to-end, integrated as well as a hardware-agnostic development environment for engineers, developers, and designers for creating innovative and immersive apps and devices. Also, officially, the webOS will become a reference operating system of Qt.
This partnership will help the customers to leverage webOS’ set of middleware-enabled functionality that saves customer time and effort in their embedded development projects. Qt’s feature-rich development tools such as Qt Creator, Qt Design Studio and Qt 3D Studio will also support webOS.
Juha Varelius, CEO of Qt, said to us, “LG has been a technology leader for generations, which is one of the many reasons they’ve become such a trusted partner of Qt.”
Varelius further added, “With the company’s initiative to expand the reach of webOS into rapidly growing markets, LG is underscoring the massive potential of Qt-enabled connected experiences. By collaborating with LG on this initiative, we’re able to make it easy as possible for our customers to build devices that bring a new definition to the word ‘smart’.”