LG, Qt Expand Partnership to Apply webOS to Automotive and Smart Home Devices

  • LG’s webOS will officially become a reference operating system of Qt
  • LG Electronics uses Qt software in its webOS for smart TVs and digital signage displays

South Korean electronics giant LG Electronics Inc. has joined hands with Finnish software developer The Qt Company to expand the application of its open source webOS platform to automotive, robotics and smart home devices.

Under the memorandum of understanding signed on Wednesday, the two companies agreed to expand their business and technical partnership, including collaboration on making LG’s webOS a reference operating system of Qt. This means LG can use the latest version of Qt software for the development of webOS.

webOS is a Linux kernel-based multitasking operating system for smart devices like smart TVs. The Qt software is a graphical user interface tool used to develop UI and UX design in consumer and automotive devices. It allows users to interact with electronic devices through visual indicators.

LG Electronics uses Qt software in its webOS for smart TVs and digital signage displays as well as to develop connected cars’ in-vehicle infotainment systems.

Building an advanced platform for creation of highly immersive devices

Through the upgraded partnership, the two companies aim to minimize the gaps between webOS and Qt, building a more powerful development environment for developers, engineers and designers to create innovative and immersive apps and devices.

“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,” said I.P. Park, president and CTO, LG Electronics.

Earlier in March, LG Electronics opened a developer website, to allow programmers to access the open source edition of the webOS platform to develop their own interfaces.