LG today announced additional details about its decision to make webOS available to other manufacturers. The South Korean company will issue licenses for manufacturers who want to use the smart TV software on televisions. In the meantime, 20 manufacturers have already purchased a license to use webOS as a smart TV platform, including Blaupunkt, RCA, Konka and Polaroid.
webOS as a smart TV platform for other manufacturers
By making widely available webOS LG wants to further expand its presence in the global home entertainment market. In addition, the company believes that webOS can revolutionize the TV world, both in terms of technology and in the field of content providers. Simply put, LG wants to compete with Android TV, a platform that can also be found on televisions from several manufacturers.
TV manufacturers who will be using the software may use the ‘Powered by webOS TV’ stamp on their devices. They are a version behind the WebOS software in televisions from LG itself. For example, manufacturers are now allowed to use webOS 5.0, the version from 2020. In addition to the well-known user interface, manufacturers are also allowed to use functions such as voice control and AI algorithms. It is also possible to supply the Magic Remote remote control. With their version of webOS, partners can provide access to the best-known streaming services, including Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube.