LG is all set to bring webOS to more than 70 percent of its smart TV line up this year, the company said Monday in a press release (translated in English). As per the press note, the USP of webOS-powered smart television revolves around three main features: simple connection, simple switching, and simple discovery.
The first feature is supposed to help users set things up easily. When you switch on a webOS-powered television for the first time, Bean bird (an animated character) guides you through the entire setup process.
The second feature lets you easily switch between applications. It uses cards, like the ones that appeared in the original webOS-powered smartphones, to jump between applications.
The third feature involves a full-fledged app store and a web browser to provide a smartphone-like experience. You can use voice and gesture based controls to easily discover new things.
LG, which is the world's second largest TV manufacturer, bought the webOS' source code and all the related patents from Hewlett Packard in February last year with an aim to use the OS for its line of smart televisions. Not only LG, but other leading TV manufacturers have been hoping to replicate the overwhelming growth in the smartphone industry by introducing smart TVs.
The new webOS-powered smart TVs from LG will be available in Korea first, before rolling out in US, Europe, and the rest of the world later this year.