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February 26, 2013

Technology News Briefs — Feb. 26, 2013

LG Buys WebOS from HP

HP is selling its WebOS operating system to LG for an undisclosed sum, the companies have announced.

LG intends to use WebOS in its smart televisions. As part of the deal, LG has acquired the source code for WebOS, related documentation, engineering talent, and related WebOS websites. LG will also nab HP licenses for use with its WebOS products, including patents HP obtained from Palm.

“This groundbreaking development demonstrates LG’s commitment to investing in talent and research in Silicon Valley, one of the world’s innovation hotbeds. It creates a new path for LG to offer an intuitive user experience and Internet services across a range of consumer electronics devices,” LG president and chief technology officer Skott Ahn said in a press release.

“The open and transparent webOS technology offers a compelling user experience that, when combined with our own technology, will pave the way for future innovations using the latest Web technologies.”

Ahn said the firm’s acquisition of the innovation team’s R&D talents are expected to extend LG’s leadership to bring Internet services directly to consumer electronics devices.

ZTE Shows Off Grand Memo

Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE debuted the Grand Memo, a new handset with a 5.7-inch screen, at the 2013 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona Spain Feb. 25.

The Grand Memo runs runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean powered by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor.

The handset includes 16GB of memory, 1GB of RAM and Dolby Digital technology. It has a one-megapixel front-facing camera and a rear 13-megapixel camera that is able to record 1080p video.

The Memo keyboard can be moved to the left or the right to offer the user easier typing, depending on preference.

BlackBerry Launches $800 Z10 in India

Canadian company BlackBerry has launched its BlackBerry 10 device, the Z10, in India for a whopping $800.

The touchscreen handset, which goes on sale today, will duke it out with Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy devices for dominance of the Indian market.

The steep price, however, has people talking. The $800 (Rs 43,490) pricetag was trending on Twitter Feb. 25.

The Z10 has enjoyed strong sales in both Canada and the U.K. It will not hit the U.S. Smartphone market until mid-March.