Smart TV maker LG announced tonight that it is opening its webOS smart TV software and making the platform available to other companies for licensing. In a press releaseThe company claims to have already employed more than 20 TV production partners who are interested in using the software.
“The webOS platform is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to access millions of hours of movies and TV shows,” said Park Hyoung-sei, president of LG Home Entertainment Company, in a press release. “By inviting other manufacturers to join the webOS TV ecosystem, we are breaking new ground that will allow many new TV owners to enjoy the same great UX and features that are available on LG TVs. We look forward to bringing these new customers to the incredible world of webOS TV. “
The TV manufacturers mentioned in the press release include names like RCA, Konka and Ayonz. The company says the move to license webOS to other companies will not only result in televisions becoming webOS as a broader platform.
This year was already an active year for LG’s webOS. At CES 2021, the company announced webOS 6.0, a edited version its Smart TV software, which brings an improved user interface. However, The edge reports that the licensed versions of webOS will initially be based on the earlier version 5.0 of the software. We’ll certainly be on the lookout for future smart TVs from other manufacturers to see how they use LG’s platform.
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