Smart TVs by different manufacturers use different software. While Android TVs are common, manufacturers like LG use its webOS and Samsung uses Tizen OS to power their smart TVs. However, today LG has announced that it will make its smart TV OS – webOS available to other TV Brands. This is good for the growth of webOS as well as will help LG to popularise its proprietary software via third-party TV manufacturers.
Licensees of webOS TV will receive the same UX design along with a pool of features such as voice search and control, integrated AI algorithms and easy connectivity. Along with this, partners also get access to global streaming service apps such as Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video and sports streaming service DAZN as well as LG Channels, the company’s free premium content streaming service. Compatible TV models also include the dedicated Magic Motion remote controller.
Over twenty TV manufacturers from around the world have already committed to the webOS partnership, including brands such as RCA, Ayonz and Konka with more partners expected to join in the future. The webOS ecosystem is supported by technology partners such as Realtek, Nuance, Gracenote, CEVA and Universal Electronics, among many others.