LG has unveiled webOS 6.0 for its 2021 OLED, QNED Mini LED, NanoCell and UHD smart TVs. The devices will ship with a new Magic Remote that improves the content discovery experience and the upgraded LG ThinQ AI in webOS 6.0 supports voice commands from Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
With webOS 6.0, users will notice an updated home screen which has been designed with usability in mind. LG says the new interface is continually updating to become more relevant to the user; it will display frequently used apps making them easier to get to and new content will be suggested based on the user’s viewing history and preferences.
Discussing the software upgrade, President of LG Home Entertainment Company Park Hyoung-sei said:
“The latest version of our user-friendly open TV platform webOS 6.0 represents the most significant update since we first introduced webOS in 2014. With the new edition of webOS, LG is demonstrating its commitment of offering services, products and technologies that respond to the needs and wants of our valued customers.”
The new Magic Remote, mentioned earlier, has been designed to be easy to hold and use while maintaining a premium look and feel. It also features hot keys which make accessing popular content from providers such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ that bit easier. A feature called Magic Tap that leverages NFC allows the user to tap the remote against their smartphone to share content between the phone and TV.
The new webOS also comes with Magic Explorer, an updated version of Magic Link. It uses AI to deliver information about what’s showing on the screen including details about the actors, locations and other items of interest. Another feature, Next Picks, uses viewer’s preferences to recommend programmes on live TV or on-demand that the viewer may want to watch thus taking out the hassle of finding something to watch.