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LG launches webOS smart TV that can auto detect set-top boxes and game consoles

Published on May 22, 2014 4:00 PM
 ​LG ULTRA HD (4K) TV (84" UB980T)

SINGAPORE - Korean electronics giant LG will start selling its smart TVs powered by the sophiscated webOS operating system, a year after acquiring the software from HP.

Originally designed as a smartphone operating system, LG acquired the platform to power its smart TVs and will roll out webOS on more than 70 per cent of its 2014 smart TV line-up, which include Ultra High Defintion and Full High Definition models.

Compared to other smart TVs that simply introduce web connectivity and apps to their displays, webOS helps with the initial TV set-up by detecting other devices, like set-top boxes and video game consoles, that are connected to it. It is also integrated with LG's point-and-click Magic Remote TV controller and enables multi-view and multi-tasking modes where viewers can watch a show and surf the Web at the same time.

LG's new range of televisions here include its latest Ultra HD TVs, which are available in 49-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 79-inch and 84-inch sizes, as well as new 55-inch curved OLED TV and 55-inch Gallery OLED TV models. Both full high definition TVs retail at S$7,499 each.