Smart TV maker LG announced tonight that it is opening its webOS smart TV software, making the platform available for other companies to obtain licenses. In a press release, the company says it has already brought together more than 20 television manufacturing partners interested in taking advantage of the software.
“The webOS platform is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to access millions of hours of movies and TV shows,” Park Hyoung-sei, president of LG Home Entertainment Company, said in a press release. “By welcoming other manufacturers to join the webOS TV ecosystem, we are embarking on a new journey that allows many new TV owners to experience the same great user experience and features that are available on LG TVs. We look forward to bringing these new customers to the amazing world of webOS TV. “
Among the TV manufacturers mentioned in the press release are names like RCA, Konka and Ayonz. The company says the decision to license webOS to other companies marks a step beyond simply turning TVs into growing webOS as a broader platform.
This year has already been an active one for LG’s webOS. At CES 2021, the company announced webOS 6.0, a revamped version of its smart TV software, which brings with it an improved user interface. However, The Verge advises that the licensed versions of webOS will initially be based on the older version 5.0 of the software. We will certainly keep an eye on future smart TVs from other manufacturers to see how they take advantage of LG’s platform.
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