LG is bringing webOS 3.0 to smart TVs in 2016
2016 LG TVs Get Smart TV Update.
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Dec. 21, 2015 /satPRnews.com/ — With the popularity and demand for advanced smart TV capabilities continuing to dominate home entertainment, LG will unveil its 2016 Smart TV lineup featuring the updated webOS 3.0 Smart TV platform in two weeks at CES® 2016.LG is no stranger to the consumer electronics market in addition to their strong mobile offerings, which include a number of different things from appliances like washers and dryers to TV’s.Operating systems like Android, iOS, Windows, Windows Phone, OS X, and Linux might be familiar to many of you guys, but let’s not forget that at one time HP tried to make webOS popular by launching tablets powered by it.LG is keeping the details of the TVs a secret a little while longer for the show, but it decided to leak details on the new and improved webOS 3.0, which adds a host of new features to the current webOS 2.0 system.
CES 2016 is coming up in the next couple of weeks where it’s expected that many of the top brands in consumer electronics will be showing off their collection of products for the new year, and for LG this likely includes a new line of TV’s powered by WebOS. This will include a feature called Channel Plus, which provides a range of free over-the-top (OTT) delivered content from broadcasters and publications in an easy to find, user-friendly format. Since its introduction in 2014, LG webOS has been praised as one of the most versatile smart TV platforms by most major industry experts and publications. What’s more though, is that LG has officially announced today that they will have a new version of the WebOS software platform to unveil at the event.
Rather, webOS 3.0 packs in features designed to try and modernize LG devices, especially now that cheaper set-top boxes have become more powerful and popular than standard TV software. With Magic Mobile Connection, users can easily connect a mobile phone to their LG Smart TV via the LG TV Plus App to dISPlay mobile apps on the big screen. With enhanced options and more content, webOS 3.0 continues to offer the key features that made webOS so loved while introducing new innovations to appeal to a wider audience. The upgraded Magic Remote is designed to make controlling set-top boxes (STB) easier with the addition of set-top box “power” and “menu” buttons as well as the ability to control DVR functions, further integrating its Universal Remote capability and ensuring consumers can control their home entertainment set up with a single remote.
This includes Magic Zoom which allows for an enhanced zoom of any text or image on the TV display without causing the image or text to degrade in quality, keeping things crisp and clear and always visible. With more content coming from diverse sources, a new Channel Plus feature will provide a single channel list that combines over-the-top, or Internet-based, content with your regular broadcast TV channels. A Channel Advisor function will now analyze and learn users’ viewing patterns in order to display upcoming time slots with program information about a user’s frequently watched programs. The software’s new standout functions, however, are a trio of “magic” features — LG’s stand-in for “smart” — aimed at taking advantage of webOS 3.0’s deeper hardware integration.
Meanwhile, the “Multi-View” feature now allows users to watch two different sources simultaneously, so viewers could watch two-different channels at the same time or one channel and Blu-ray movie at the same time. To expand its content offerings, LG has partnered with Xumo for both premium (BuzzFeed, PopSugar) and free (Bloomberg Politics, The Wall Street Journal) digital programming. • And My Channels and Live Menus, which let you create up to 10 favorite channels via the TV’s electronic program guide (EPG), and check what’s on other favorite channels without leaving the show you’re watching. LG also says that it will have an Internet of Things app that lets you control smart-home appliances—both from LG and other compatible manufacturers—via the TV screen. We’re excited that Xumo and LG’s joint efforts have come to fruition in Channel Plus.” LG’s 2016 lineup of Smart TVs featuring webOS 3.0 will be on display in LG’s booth (LVCC Central Hall, #8204) at CES 2016 from Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas. *Wireless Internet connection & certain subscriptions required and sold separately.
Channel Plus will mix in broadcast channels with over-the-top streaming into a unified list, to help remove barriers to how viewers consume live and cable TV versus streaming services like Netflix. The LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company is a global leader in television, audio video systems, monitors, personal computers, digital signage and commercial displays. The company opened a new era of innovation in the TV market, pioneering the use of OLED technology in home theater displays and implementing an intuitive operating system to allow customers to experience the full benefits of smart TV technology.
LG is committed to improving customers’ lives with innovative home entertainment products led by its award-winning 4K OLED TVs, ULTRA HD TVs and webOS TVs. The company said at the time “these changes will not negatively impact LG’s webOS development efforts in any way,” and it seems to have held true given what we know now about LG’s newest upgrade. Following the layoffs last week, a source close to the situation told The Verge it would be difficult for LG’s webOS team to improve the software with its reduced resources. “They’re going to have a tough time of it,” the source said.
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