LG to launch webOS 3.0 with mobile connection for smart TVs
LG Electronics to unveil new version of popular smart TV platform at CES 2016.
Once upon a time, webOS powered a smartphone called the Palm Pre that was all set to battle it out with the iPhone and HTC Dream/G1 for dominance in the smartphone market.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.
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. 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. LG describes webOS 3.0 as a “major update” that offers a trio of “magic smart features.” First is Magic Zoom, which lets the user zoom into objects and images without degrading image quality. 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. Channel Plus offers a unified channel list that combines OTT content with linear broadcast TV channels, enabling users to watch OTT content by surfing through channels in the same manner they normally would. With this new and improved feature, users will be able to more easily control their set-top boxes, and LG state that they have redesigned the remote to provide a simpler user interface for better interaction.
The goal of Channel Plus is to make accessing that over-the-top content easier by building it into your channel list and surfing through all of the channels just like you’re used to doing. Also new in WebOS 3.0 is a feature called Channel Plus, which LG says is developed to provide users with a consolidated and more streamlined viewing experience. 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. Because webOS seems to be doing alright for LG’s TV business, though, it looks like the platform will continue to stick around in some capacity for a while.
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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