TVs seem to be getting smarter all the time. LG Electronics is hoping to make the smartest Smart TV, with the introduction of webOS 2.0. The company will debut the brand-new Smart TV platform at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas.
The new LG smart TV platform is designed to enhance some of the TV’s features for a better user experience, as well as more 4K content than ever before.
First, let’s talk about the navigation. LG gave the original web OS the tagline, “Make TV Simple Again.” With the latest version of the platform, they are building on that promise. The company plans to focus on three features: Simple Connection, Simple Switching and Simple Discovery.
The webOS 2.0 platform boasts more content options than ever before, but with easy navigation. That includes the addition of My Channels. This perk allows viewers to customize TV channels on a launcher bar, so favorites are available in an instant. Other new options include Quick Settings for adjusting the TV without interrupting the program, as well as the Input Picker for recognizing different devices automatically.
Those of you with a short attention span will appreciate that LG has reduced the boot time by up to 60 percent. For instance, the company says that when switching from the home screen to YouTube, users should see an improvement on the load time of up to 70 percent.
Of course, everyone has been wondering how to access 4K Ultra HD content. That won’t be a question with webOS 2.0. LG is working with Amazon and Netflix to make sure that 4K content is readily available right through the Smart TV interface.
According to LG, when the company launched the original webOS platform, they sold 1 million TVs in the first two months. From there, LG went on to sell more than 5 million units with the webOS platform within eight months.
“With the newest features introduced in webOS 2.0, the overall user experience has become even simpler, easier and more intuitive,” said In-kyu Lee, senior vice president and head of the TV and monitor division at the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. “The webOS platform is a great example of our commitment to taking a leadership role in the next generation TV market with a truly innovative Smart TV solution.”
There’s no word on what TVs will be getting the new webOS 2.0 Smart TV platform—and when. That info should be coming next month at the 2015 international CES, which runs from January 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas.