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LG has announced that its WebOS platform will now be obtainable on TVs that aren’t made by LG. The South Korean tech large has introduced that the WebOS TV platform ecosystem will likely be licensed to different manufacturers. Greater than 20 TV producers from all over the world have “dedicated to the webOS partnership, together with manufacturers reminiscent of RCA, Ayonz and Konka with extra companions anticipated to hitch sooner or later”.
At CES 2021, LG unveiled WebOS 6, the most recent model of its TV OS which will likely be obtainable on LG’s 2021 TV lineup.
Will LG WebOS 6 be licensed to OEMs?
In keeping with the Verge, “the “powered by webOS TV” platform is predicated on webOS 5.0. So it’ll look simply the identical as LG TVs from the final a number of years”. Whereas this is identical UI we now have seen on TVs just like the LG GX (review) and LG C9 (review), it’s nonetheless an excellent and fluid UI for TVs. It has a card like structure which occupies the underside of the display providing you with entry to apps and companies.
LG’s WebOS presents entry to a voice assistant and likewise helps LG’s Magic Distant which makes navigating the UI a breeze. The UI additionally has a house dashboard, letting you management good house home equipment from the consolation of the TV. You can even configure IFTTT units to the house dashboard.
In India, we now have a number of funds TVs dominated by Android TV UI. Now we have additionally seen some TVs just like the Akai 43-inch TV (review) operating on the Hearth TV UI. Xiaomi presents clients PatchWall and Android TV UI. It will likely be fascinating to see how LG’s WebOS competes with Android, particularly within the funds section, the place we now have seen Android TV lag on some TVs. Whereas Android TVs do have the benefit of the app ecosystem, we might even see extra builders optimizing and porting their apps to WebOS to make sure a wider attain.