LG says webOS makes smart TV “easy,” gets exclusive on Netflix 4K

A demo webOS TV shown in LG’s Korean press release.
LG

LG announced that webOS will be coming to half of its 2014-edition smart TV products at a press conference at the Consumer Electronics show Monday. The webOS interface will include voice and gesture input as well as control with a remote, with users being guided through the webOS features by a character LG calls Bean Bird.

LG first tipped its hand with a Korean press release last night and indicated that it designed webOS to contrast with the “difficult and complex” smart TVs on the market (a problem Ars dinged the market’s products for last year). The focus on the interface is as a “launcher,” and users can swap between apps (an adaptation of webOS’s cards interface) without forcing the current content on the screen out of view.

Apps used on LG TVs in the recent past are organized to the left in reverse-chronological order. The interface does not appear to have the dashboard or home screen that typically anchors smart TV interfaces. According to the Korean press release, LG plans to market its smart TVs as “easy to use”; they will be easy to connect, with “easy switching” and “easy navigation.” Roku has taken a similar course with its own upcoming line of smart TVs.

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