LG Smart TV running WebOS in action
LAS VEGAS, USA - LG unveiled new Smart TV’s running WebOS a reincarnation of the mobile phone operating system it acquired from HP back in 2013 at CES 2014.
The devices are not yet commercially available, LG is still working on some finishing touches. Apps like Twitter that appear in the new card-based menu screen do not work.
We were shown the new TVs but were not allowed to touch the remotes, devices reminiscent of Nintendo Wiimotes used as wireless pointers - the primary mode of interfacing with the Smart TV. LG says it is also working on voice and gesture-based controls.
The new Smart TV user interface is considerably simpler than what we are used to with existing Smart TVs. Icons were large and readable, arranged horizontally as cards on the bottom of the screen. The OS felt snappy even with multiple apps running in the background. You can switch between NetFlix, YouTube and TV with each app active. Connected devices like Blu-Ray players also appear as cards.
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