CES 2015: LG Takes a Bold Step with WebOS
CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is the stage where consumer electronics companies such as LG take centre stage to entice the consumer with what’s coming in the following months.
This year is no different. LG is one company which is forging it’s own path when it comes to the Internet of Things. The South Korean manufacturer sees a future where LG’s technology is front and centre – with one major difference – they are putting WebOS in their Smart TVs.
WebOS started off as the mobile operating system of choice when it was owned by Palm and shipped with all their devices. In 2010, Palm was purchased by HP who cited that its main motivation behind the purchase was the growing WebOS ecosystem. HP also used WebOS in their devices most notably in their TouchPad device which was an instant hit with consumers. However, in 2012, HP decided to make WebOS open source and released a chunk of the source code to the community abandoning all internal development of the operating system. In 2013, it was announced that LG electronics had licensed WebOS and began development on making WebOS their choice Smart TV OS. We saw the first wave of LG’s WebOS touting Smart TV’s last year.
This year, their newest line of Smart TVs are shipping with WebOS 2.0; coming with a whole slew of new features. The first of which is faster boot times – a whole 60% faster. This speedier performance crosses over into the OS as well with apps loading a lot faster.
WebOS 2.0 brings with a few new functional features. The first up is a new quick settings menu which overlays the content viewed to give you quick access to your TV’s settings to adjust to your liking. On top of that, a new My Channels feature comes in tow with WebOS 2.0 which allows quick access to your favourite channels by placing them on the launcher bar. LG’s Content Store has gotten a much needed revamp and has been made more user friendly with a clean and simple User Interface. Another new interface feature which comes with WebOS 2.0 is the Quick Access Menu which comes down as a shade much like the Android notification shade giving access to key areas such as gaming, 3D etc..
With all these features what’s not to like of LG’s new line of UltraHD Smart TVs? LG is releasing a slew of new UltraHD Smart TVs ranging from in the coming months – all of which ship with WebOS 2.0. The TVs also come with LG’s new super slim design making them sleek and really beautiful.