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LG Smart TV With webOS 2.0 Threatens Samsung Tizen Smart TV, Android TV, and Apple TV

5 January 2015, 6:13 pm EST By James Geddes Tech Times
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LG has announced a new TV lineup that is powered by the company's latest version of webOS. webOS 2.0 offers a long list of improvements and up t0 70 percent faster loading time.

When you think of webOS, you'll probably remember that Palm unveiled webOS and the Palm Pre at CES 2009. The combination of slick hardware, excellent physical keyboard, and super intuitive next-generation OS earned Palm's Pre the Best of CES 2009 award and People's Voice Award.

Palm never saw great success in terms of sales of smartphones like the Pre, Pre 2, and Pixi. The company even announced that it was heading into the tablet game with the TouchPad. Not long after Palm's announcement, HP announced that it was acquiring Palm for $1.2 billion. HP released the TouchPad and shocked the tech world by announcing that after only 49 days on sale, it was cancelling its entire webOS product line and would not be using it for smartphones or tablets.

LG saw value in webOS and decided to use the OS to power its smart TVs and showed off the first generation at CES 2014. The company is back and this time its new smart TVs will run a new version of webOS 2.0 with tons of enhancements.

"New to webOS 2.0 is My Channels, which allows users to customize their favorite live TV channels or set-top box channels on the Launcher Bar for greater convenience. Quick Settings lets viewers adjust their TV without interrupting the program they're watching and Input Picker allows connected devices to be recognized instantly for immediate use."

"With the newest features introduced in webOS 2.0, the overall user experience has become even simpler, easier and more intuitive," said In-kyu Lee, senior vice president and head of the TV and monitor division at the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. "The webOS platform is a great example of our commitment to taking a leadership role in the next generation TV market with a truly innovative Smart TV solution."

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