LG wants to make using smart TVs easier with webOS 3.0
2016 LG TVs Get Smart TV Update.
At the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, LG will unveil its latest SMART TV lineup featuring the newest webOS 3.0 smart TV platform.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 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 webOS 3.0 offers three magic smart features: Magic Zoom, Magic Mobile Connection and an upgraded Magic Remote, taking the user experience to a whole new level. 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. These include: the ability to register up to 10 favorite channels through the Electronic Program Guide (EPG) and easily check programming on other favorite channels without having to leave the screen they’re enjoying, LG said. 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. A Music Player app on webOS 3.0 plays music through the TV’s speakers, even when the TV is off, and the IoTV app allows on-screen control of smart home appliances from LG as well as other manufactures’ appliances that are compatible with LG IoTV. 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.
To enhance Channel Plus even further, users can pair it up with a companion app which show them channel and program suggestions via on-screen widgets, while also allowing them to control it. 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 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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