LG is set to launch a new version of their Smart TV operating system, webOS 3.0 with the new range of TVs set to be unveiled at CES 2016.We’ve been fans of webOS since its launch in 2014 and the new version promises enhanced options and more content intended 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. Magic Zoom enables users to magnify objects and letters without any degradation in picture quality. And with Magic Mobile Connection, users can easily connect a mobile phone to their LG SMART TV via the LG TV Plus App on their mobile device to access mobile apps on the TV screen. The upgraded Magic Remote is designed to make controlling set-top boxes (STB) easier with the addition of buttons on the remote. The Screen Remote feature has also been redesigned to simplify the user interface for less clutter and more convenience.
Designed with the aim of providing an easier way of enjoying quality digital content, webOS 3.0 introduces Channel Plus, a unique feature which provides a wide range of over-the-top (OTT) content in a user-friendly format. Channel Plus offers a unified channel list that combines OTT content with familiar broadcast TV channels, enabling users to watch OTT content by surfing through channels as they normally would. Channel Plus can also be controlled with an app to provide programme recommendations via on-screen widgets. Through a partnership with Xumo, Channel Plus also offers an abundance of, free digital content from broadcasters and publications such as Bloomberg, TIME Inc., Condé Nast Entertainment and The Wall Street Journal, although we’re yet to learn what we’ll get in the UK.
LG SMART TV with webOS 3.0 offers other new and updated features including:
· Channel Advisor analyses viewing patterns and displays upcoming time slots with programme information about frequently watched programmes
· Multi-view allows you to watch two different channels at the same time or a channel and a Blu-ray movie, for example
· Music Player app plays music through the webOS 3.0 TV speakers, even when the TV is off
· My Channels and Live Menu have been upgraded with new sub-features to make them more useful to viewers
· IoTV app allows on-screen control of smart home appliances from LG and other manufacturers that are compatible with LG IoTV
“We are excited about webOS 3.0, a major update since this advanced TV platform technology was first introduced in 2014,” said Brian Kwon, President and CEO at LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “The webOS story of Simple Connection, Simple Switching and Simple Discovery has really connected with customers and illustrates very clearly our commitment to securing a leadership role in the smart TV market with innovation and creativity.”
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