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Source: LG

LG Electronics announced a new, improved platform for its Smart TVs, the webOS, at CES, Las Vegas today. This is an improvement on the webOS LG had bought off Hewlett-Packard last year. Advancements include simplification of use and ease of developing apps for this platform so LG smart TVs become compatible with wireless devices made by other brands.

“The beauty of webOS is that it provides so much freedom, and is so simple to use. We feel confident that consumers will find navigating, exploring and switching between different forms of content on webOS a truly enjoyable, not frustrating, experience,” said In-kyu Lee, Senior Vice President and head of the TV division at the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company.

The “distinctive feature” according to LG, is the new ‘Launcher’, a scrollable menu at the bottom of the TV screen that allows you to hop between broadcast TV, smart TV content and media on external devices, which means you can watch TV, surf the Internet and play a game at one go. The webOS’ ‘Today’ menu has been designed as a one-stop smart guide that suggests popular TV shows, missed programs and movies.

The LG press release informs that of the current lineup of LG smart TVs, 70 percent will run the new webOS platform.