LG to launch updated webOS 2.0 at CES

LG Electronics USA Inc - Smart TVLG is due to launch an updated version of its webOS smart TV platform at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month. 

LG said webOS 2.0 will be more intuitive and is designed to give a better user experience, with improvements including a 60% shorter initial boot time and a 70% improvement in loading when switching from the Smart TV Home Screen to YouTube.

The new version of webOS 2.0 will also include a ‘My Channels’ app that allows users to make a customised list of their favourite live TV or set-top box channels.

Viewers will also be able to adjust their TV without interrupting the program they’re watching, while a new ‘Input Picker’ will immediately recognise connected devices.

“By updating webOS with new and smarter features, users will experience a next-generation smart TV platform that’s simpler, easier and more intuitive than ever before,” said In-kyu Lee, senior vice president and head of the TV and monitor division at the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company.

“The webOS 2.0 platform is another example of LG’s commitment to taking a leadership role in the next generation TV market with an innovative smart TV solution.”

LG introduced its current generation of webOS-powered smart TVs earlier this year, and is working with content providers like Amazon and Netflix to so that LG 4K Ultra HD TV owners have access to a range of 4K viewing options.