LG is planning to roll out a new version of WebOS operating system next year which will be used to power all of its high-end smart TVs. While LG already uses WebOS to power its Internet-connected TVs, the South Korean manufacturer is looking at ways to extend the platform to communicate with other connected devices in the future. To achieve this, LG has launched an SDK for WebOS which allows third-party devs to build apps for the platform.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, head of LG's TV business Lee In-kyu mentioned that WebOS-powered TVs will give LG an edge over Samsung. While Samsung may have the upper hand in terms of sales, it is still in the process of developing a platform for its smart TVs, with the open source Tizen platform looking like a strong contender.
Although developer interest in WebOS has been lukewarm over the years, LG said that strong sales of WebOS-powered TVs, which are at 1.1 million, would likely bring more developers to build apps tailored to the platform.
While other TV manufacturers like Sony, Sharp and Philips are set to launch models running Android TV next year, LG is sticking by WebOS, and hash't announced any intention to launch a smart TV running Google's latest TV platform.
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Source: The Wall Street Journal