by Anton Shilov
01/02/2014 | 11:55 PM
Smart TVs are clearly getting closer to media tablets and even personal computers in many ways since demands of the users are growing rapidly these days. In a bid to become more competitive against Samsung Electronics and other leading consumer electronics makers, LG Electronics last year acquired webOS-related assets from Hewlett-Packard and at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show it plans to demonstrate the first TV or TVs featuring the software.
Originally developed for smartphones, tablets and other ultra-portable devices by Palm many years ago, webOS operating system provides a number of capabilities not currently available on smart TVs (i.e., multi-tasking, advanced synchronization mechanisms and support for a broad range of potential apps from third-parties), which should in many cases significantly improve user experience and enable new use cases for televisions in general.
@Evleaks (a popular Twitter account) this week published what is believed to be a leaked press photo of a new LG HDTV running webOS operating system. Graphics user interface of the new TV-set is completely different to the one used on the company’s currently-available smart TVs. Quite naturally, it is also different compared to webOS’ GUI that was utilized on smartphones and tablets by Palm and Hewlett-Packard back in 2009 – 2010.
The Verge web-site reports that LG’s smart TV or TVs powered by webOS will be based on a dual-core application processor and will sport 1.5GB or random access memory. Other specifications of the new smart TV are not known, but it is reasonable to anticipate full-HD (1920*1080) resolution, an IPS panel with LED backlighting and all the bells and whistles that LG currently offers. It is especially noteworthy that the TV has extremely thin bezels, which is something challenging to design in general.
In addition to pre-loaded YouTube, Facebook, Skype, Twitter, Internet browser and some other applications, the LG TV with the new operating system will support specially-designed apps based on webOS “Enyo” framework.
International Consumer Electronics Show 2014 kicks off on January 7, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
LG did not comment on the news-story.