LG announces webOS 3.0 for smart TVs

LG has announced the third iteration of its webOS smart TV operating system ahead of a full CES unveiling.

The first usage of webOS for LG’s smart TV range came in 2014, and it left us suitably impressed. Here was a clean, fast, intuitive living room UI that didn’t make you want to put your remote control through the screen. Imagine!

WebOS 2.0 followed earlier this year, and we loved that too – although there weren’t all that many improvements over the original version.

Now, with 2016 looming, LG has offered a sneak peek at webOS 3.0 ahead of its CES 2016 outing. This time LG is focusing on improving the already-sharp navigation experience.

LG claims there’s three new “magic smart” features in Magic Zoom, Magic Mobile Connection, and an upgraded Magic Remote.

As the name suggests, Magic Zoom lets you magnify parts of the picture, but the key point is that the image quality won’t degrade for these zoomed-in parts.

The equally self-explanatory Magic Mobile Connection, meanwhile, lets you hook up your smartphone using a related app, and then use mobile apps on your LG TV. The revised Magic Remote gains some new buttons to enable you to better control set top boxes.

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Away from these ‘magic’ features, Channel Plus is a connected feature that cues up internet video content as readily as if it were regular live content. It sees LG teaming up with content discovery specialist Xumo to deliver the best online video the web has to offer.

Other new additions include a multi-view feature, a music player app that can play music even when the screen is off, and an IoTV app for controlling smart home appliances from your TV.

We’ll find out more about webOS 3.0 at CES from January 6.

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