LG announced that it will release a new version of WebOS at CES that will be used on Smart TVs throughout 2016.
LG stated that there will be three new key features introduced in WebOS 3.0: Magic Zoom, Magic Mobile Connection and Magic Remote. The Magic Zoom feature simply magnifies objects on the screen. The Magic Mobile Connection software allows you to connect to the TV using the LG TV Plus app on smartphones and tablets. Once the smart device and TV are connected, you can then access mobile apps on the TV screen.
Magic Remote isn’t necessarily new to WebOS, but it was upgraded to support additional buttons and to make controlling set-top boxes easier. Several other features are also carried over to WebOS 3.0, including:
- Channel Advisor
- Music Player App
- My Channels and Live Menu
- IoTV App
Although it is nice to see new and improved software released onto the market, it is interesting to note that another WebOS 3.0 was released by HP in 2011. This was before LG purchased WebOS from HP and started using it on the company’s smart TVs. It isn’t clear how many features have changed between HP’s 2011 WebOS and LG’s 2016 WebOS, and it may cause some confusion for consumers trying to determine what is included in WebOS. We reached out to LG to clear up the difference between the two OSes, but LG said they would have to get back to us.
We expect to hear more from LG on the differences between these two operating systems and additional details on WebOS 3.0 closer to CES.
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Separate remote is just fine.