Soon, we well be seeing more TVs powered by LG’s webOS that serves its television line.
webOS is a popular and powerful software, backed up by an already excellent TV division at LG.
Now, we have learned that the South Korean company will license the software to other partners. So far, LG says it will start working with 20 other companies under this new development, including RCA, Ayonz, and Konka (that we have not heard of on this side of the world).
webOS, as said, is robust. It competes with the likes of Android TV (now Google TV) and Samsung’s Tizen. Android is available for virtually any manufacturer, but the world’s biggest TV players tend to use in-house software.
Samsung, LG, and Vizio TVs, for instance, run Tizen, webOS, and Smartcast, respectively, and only a handful of popular manufacturers give their TVs and Android treatment. They include Sony, Xiaomi and TCL, among others.
Android TV is also popular because customers don’t need a TV that runs one; the OS is often packaged in TV boxes and sticks. The same model is used for the likes of Roku and Amazon’s Fire TV.
It has also been reported that the new products will only be powered with webOS 5 and not 6 as found in the current crop of LG smart TVs.
The software side will also be supported by native webOS tools, including its excellent magic remote, voice search and support for a wide array of video streaming apps.
It also implies that some of the new TVs will be cheaper, bearing in mind they are lesser known brands, and that some of LG TVs are quite pricey, but deservedly so.