Update: LG has further detailed WebOS 2.0 at CES 2015, ahead of its release later this year.
The UI will be even simpler to use than the original iteration and will actually be twice as fast as the existing WebOS.
Dr Scott Ahn, chief technology officer, confirmed that WebOS 2.0 would arrive on its hotel bound TV service too, so customers will be able to get the feel of the UI away from home.
There’s no word on when WebOS 2.0 will arrive, or whether existing WebOS TVs will get the update when it does.
But at least we know that the new service will support 4K UHD streaming.
“For 2015 with the enhanced WebOS 2.0 platform, we’ll be adding and refining features like My Channel that allows you to easily embed favourite channels into the launcher bar, right next to streaming services.”
“WebOS 2.0 also adds Quick Start, to improve overall access time by 60 per cent, so users can enjoy the system within just a few seconds after the set is turned on.”
The WebOS 2.0 TVs will run on quad-core or faster processors, which will be found in “the majority of 2015 TV models”.
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LG is also working to improve the amount of content services available.
For example, LG is now the exclusive TV partner for Go Pro in 2015, giving LG TV owners access to video content from the Go Pro channel app.
Additional content services, include 4K content from DirectTV and YouTube. LG is also working with Voodoo for 4K streaming in the future.
Original Story: LG will be showing off a range of webOS 2.0-powered TVs at CES 2015 in January.
The first generation of LG webOS TVs apparently sold five million units in just eight months. Now the Korean manufacturer is preparing to launch the next generation at CES 2015, which takes place in Las Vegas from January 6 to January 9.
Among the improvements that the new version of the former smartphone OS will bring to LG’s TV range, perhaps the most prominant is speed. Besides being extremely intuitive, webOS for TV has always been very responsive, but it’s set to get even more so.
WebOS 2.0 will boot up 60 percent faster, while accessing apps will also be a far swifter affair. LG uses the example of the YouTube app, which apparently loads up 70 percent faster in the new OS.
Also new here is a My Channels option, which will enable users to add their own favourite TV channels to the launcher bar for quick access.
Another new convenience measure is Quick Settings, which lets you tweak your LG TV without navigating away from the current program.
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LG has also announced that partnerships with Netflix and Amazon will bring “a huge selection” of 4K UHD content to its webOS-powered TV sets.
“With the newest features introduced in webOS 2.0, the overall user experience has become even simpler, easier and more intuitive,” said LG’s In-kyu Lee.