LG Upgrading its WebOS Ultra HD TVs with beefed up performance
by Stephan Jukic – October 18th, 2014
LG’s wide array of 4K TVs is already well known for its cutting edge performance and quality, thanks in no small part to the highly intuitive and very powerful WebOS operating system that their Smart TV platforms are running.
However, this isn’t enough for the company and this is why LG has announced that it is going to be upgrading the WebOS platform again, for even better performance, speed and more customization options for users.
The TVs with the new WebOS 2.0 version will be launched at the CES International show in Las Vegas, Nevada in January and include a number of specific improvements that mainly revolve around faster access to content, sped up boot times and a quicker, more responsive overall performance. For example, users who switch from the home screen to an application like YouTube or Hulu will notice a faster loading time that will have improved by as much as 70% from WebOS 1.0. However, LG didn’t specify how many exact seconds of improvement there would be.
Other new features let users open up favorite channels faster than ever from their LG 4K TVs main menu and also allow for customization of certain TV settings without interrupting a program that’s being watched.
LG bought WebOS from Hewlett-Packard back in the beginning of 2013 and has given the operating system a thus-far stable home as the de-facto operating system in its wide range of 4K UHD and HD smart TVs. The operating system itself is actually five years old and was first used in the Palm Pilot line of smart phones.
LG’s TVs allow users to watch content from Netflix, Amazon and other online streaming services in ultra HD and in HD, these services include a wide and still growing variety of popular shows like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad and Marco Polo (from Netflix). Subscribers to these streaming services that LG 4K TVs have access to can also get their hands on native 4K movies like Elysium, The Amazing Spider Man 2 and The Da Vinci Code (via Amazon Prime).
CES 2015 itself is expected to be a major success on the 4K product front. A lot of tech watchers are predicting that this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will see a wide array of new UHD TVs, cameras and assorted other gadgets unveiled, including innovative new TVs from LG itself.
Even more exciting still is the growth of 4K content options of owners of the TVs. The formerly barren ultra HD entertainment landscape is flowering widely and many new providers of content are arriving while established players relentlessly grow their content selection.
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