LG debuted its webOS-powered HDTVs back in 2014, bringing HP’s mobile technology to the living room and making for a smart TV that mostly succeeded in being simpler and faster. Last year the second edition focused on speed, and for 2016 — in world where dongles, set-top boxes and videogame systems are all competing to manage your streaming TV apps — LG says it’s working on usability and control. There are three new “Magic” features this year, with Mobile Connection that lets users toss apps up from their phone to the big screen, a new remote that’s supposed to control more set-top boxes, and Zoom that can blow up parts of the picture without ruining the quality.
LG has also partnered with a new company called Xumo for a feature called Channel Plus, that lines up video from the internet in a guide that’s as easy to search as live channels. The IoTV app is supposed to make it easy to control compatible LG boxes or other compatible hardware, there’s Multi-view to watch more than one channel or even input at once, and a music player that can keep working while the screen is off. The first two rounds with webOS have left us impressed, and we’ll find out at CES in a couple of weeks if this edition keeps the trend going.
LG tried Google TV for a while, but we all know that didn’t work out well. Not for Google, and not for its partners. Now they are all about WebOS and have managed to create a very enticing platform (even if we still prefer Android TV). This is sad, because LG makes some great televisions, but they are still good friends with Google. Today we have good news for fans of both companies: you will soon be able to enjoy some of the Search Giant’s content from those new LG Smart TVs.
The Korean manufacturer has just announced LG Smart TV owners in 104 markets will gain support for Google Play Movies & TV starting this month. You pretty much get all the key benefits any other platform has access to. Customers can rent, buy and access movies in both HD and SD formats. The selection is immense. And because it works with Google’s servers, you can always continue watching your shows or movies from any device. They will all remember where you left off.
I suppose what I like most about Google service support is that it sort of brings these platforms together. You can use your smartphone to rent a good movie while out and about, only to access it straight from your WebOS TV once you get home. This collaboration between platforms is what the cloud and connected devices are all about! It’s this type of connectivity that highlights the benefits of working with web services, as opposed to locally.
LG is not being very revealing about the total list of supported countries, but we do know the app will first come to the USA, UK, Australia and Canada. Who’s excited for Google Play Movies & TV support? How many of you even have an LG Smart TV?
Who said that TVs with Google Play Movies & TV had to be running Android? Certainly not LG. It just announced that many of its recent smart TVs (including both webOS– and NetCast-based models) will offer Google Play streaming this month. While it’s not as if you’ve been hurting for viewing options on any of these sets, this could be extremely useful if you prefer to buy or rent movies and want to sync your viewing between your smartphone and a big screen. TV shows will only be available on launch in Australia, Canada, the UK and the US, but you’ll find movies in a whopping 104 countries.
Source: LG Newsroom
LG just took the wraps off a new version of the Watch Urbane (itself a version of the G Watch R), but this time changes are more than skin deep. The new Watch Urbane LTE runs LG’s “all new Wearable Platform” OS instead of Android Wear, and offers voice calling, thanks to the integration of LTE.
Watch Urbane LTE looks similar to the “regular” Watch Urbane, with the biggest difference being the presence of three buttons on the side, instead of one, like on the Android Wear model. The top button offers quick access to settings, the middle button switches between the watchface and the app launcher, while the bottom one acts like a back button. Long pressing this last button can be set to trigger a call to a certain number and to send out the wearer’s location coordinates. This safety beacon feature is similar to the one on the kids-focused LG Kizon.
Thanks to cellular connectivity, you can use the Watch Urbane LTE to make phone calls and the device even works in walkie-talkie mode, where Push-To-Talk services are available. Another cool feature of the device is NFC – LG says you will be able to pay for things like movie tickets or transit fares by waving your wrist against an NFC reader, though details are lacking for now.
To accommodate the power-thirsty LTE function, LG packed a 700-mAh battery on the new Urbane, which is significantly larger than the 410-mAh unit on other models. No details were offered, but the Watch Urbane LTE should be good for “long talk and use times and can go for days in standby mode.”
Other than the larger battery, the Watch Urbane LTE features the same specs as the Watch Urbane and G Watch R.
- Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 400
- Operating System: LG Wearable Platform
- Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED (320 x 320 / 245ppi)
- Network: LTE
- Memory: 4GB eMMC / 1GB LPDDR3
- Battery: 700mAh
- Sensors: 9 Axis / Barometer / PPG / GPS
- Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.0LE / NFC
- Color: Silver
- Other: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67) / Speaker / Microphone
LG is very vague about it, but the Wearable Platform OS powering the Urbane LTE seems to be a version of webOS. In fact, the smartwatch seems very similar to the mystery LG webOS smartwatch that an Audi representative showed to the press at CES. We look forward to see this new incarnation of webOS in action, probably at MWC.
No info yet on price and availability, but we should learn more next week.
Yesterday, we were enthralled by the appearance of a LG-made Audi smartwatch that was shown during an Audi presentation, and it was suggested that the watch ran a customized version of Android Wear. As it turns out, that information was wrong and Android Central has confirmed today that the device actually runs webOS, an operating system […]
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The saga of the coolest smartwatch of CES 2015 continues. Yesterday, Ulrich Hackenberg of Audi used an LG smartwatch to summon the self driving Prologue to the stage during a press conference. It was first thought that it could be the G Watch R 2 since it’s round. Then later, it was revealed that it was made specifically for Audi, but the assumption was that it was running Android Wear. Not the case.
Android Central was able to get up close and personal with it and found out that its running webOS. I guess this isn’t surprising since the word on the street is that LG plans on coming out with a smartwatch running webOS. Whether it will look like this watch is a great question, but we can only hope that LG will offer an Android Wear watch that looks similar to it.
source; Android Central
Come comment on this article: Turns out the LG smartwatch made for Audi is running webOS
CES 2015 has been an insane ride, but the craziest news out of the show wasn't even an announcement: the LG smartwatch that Audi was using to control their autonomous car runs webOS. Yes. webOS. On a watch. In a week that brought us the news that TCL is resurrecting the Palm brand and the latest webOS TV's from LG, we also get webOS expanding to a new platform: the wrist.
Yes, at CES 2015, we're writing about Kodak, Palm, and webOS. It's like a tech episode of the Twilight Zone. The reveal of the smartwatch came as a surprise, with an Audi executive revealing the watch as being from LG and using it briefly in his demo, but not saying much more about it. The assumption was that it was running Android Wear, but our friends at Android Central decided to dig in to the watch and found that it was in fact not Android Wear.
Google's imposed strict restrictions on the customizations that can be made to Android Wear, so the more we looked at it the more curious we became. It was clearly not Android Wear, and then we ended up deep in the settings and saw something amazing: webOS Version Open webOS.
It. Runs. webOS.
LG's teased webOS smartwatches before, but never made a public statement on where they would next expand webOS beyond their TVs.
Most interesting is that the watch has a number of LG's custom apps built in, including apps for calendar, dialer, messages, email, and more. It even sports NFC and a cellular radio. Yes. This thing is a ready-to-go webOS portable.
We hate to be speculative (that's a lie, we love it), but everything here indicates that LG is working hard to make a device that's thoroughly capable of operating independently, and has the makings of a proper modern webOS smartphone.
In a world where Samsung's ported their Tizen OS from smartwatches to smart televisions, LG is bringing their webOS smart TV OS to portable devices. It's a mad mad world, and we're excited to find out even more about what LG has in store for webOS.
More speculation is circulating about LG’s future smartwatch plans, this time from the sidelines of CES in Las Vegas. According to sources from LG, the company is looking to build a more flexible ecosystem for its future smartwatches, which could include switching over to WebOS sometime next year.
LG’s previous smartwatches have all been built on the Android Wear platform, but the company may be looking to break free of the restrictions of Google’s operating system. The most likely replacement would be WebOS, which LG purchased from Hewlett-Packard back in 2013 and has been using to power its recent Smart TV range.
We’re going to slowly try to build an (software) ecosystem around areas we can have more control over,
This is not the first time that we have heard about the possibility of a WebOS smartwatch from LG. Late last year a leaked LG hosted website for a WebOS watch appeared but was quickly taken down.
Apparently, LG plans to expand the use of the WebOS platform to more of its internet-connected televisions this year and then to home appliances and possibly mobile products later. However, the source stated that Android would remain the major platform behind LG’s mobile devices in the near future and there is no indication that LG will attempt to revive WebOS as an Android smartphone competitor. Instead, LG may be planning to trial WebOS on a single smartwatch to test the waters.
A separate source also repeated earlier rumors that LG is preparing to launch a SIM-enabled smartwatch early this year, which will free the watch from dependency on a paired smartphone. However, no details about the hardware or operating system were given.
LG may have been slightly slower than the competition at releasing its first smartwatch, but its latest G Watch R has proven to be one of the best wearables around. 2015 is going to be an important year for the smartwatch market, so we will be eagerly watching LG’s plans this year.
Still hauling that Palm Pre around without a care in the world? Sorry to say but there’s a nasty surprise coming your way just after the holidays. HP has quietly announced that it’ll pull the plug on the catalog and cloud services that support webOS devices from January 15th of next year. That doesn’t mean that your hardware will shut down, but living with the gear is going to get considerably harder. Firstly, you won’t be able to purchase, download and restore apps, and you won’t be able to restore your phone from a backup either. Setting up a new device has also gone the way of all things, and if you lose your password, you won’t be getting it back. This is probably the excuse you need to buy a new phone, but don’t worry, because as long as we remember webOS in our hearts, it’ll never truly die, okay?
HP’s recent decision to split into two companies is undoubtedly a big deal. It’s a cornerstone of Silicon Valley, and it has been synonymous with PCs for much of its lifetime. However, this is really just the latest chapter for a technology legend that has witnessed plenty of triumphs and disasters throughout its 75-year history. We’ve rounded up some of its greatest and lowest moments in a gallery, ranging from its humble beginnings in a garage to the webOS era and a series of scandals — check them out if you want to know how HP reached yet another turning point.
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