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  1. Thanks to @Peter Alexander and @SSM we have confirmation of webOS 4.0 compatibility within the release notes and information listed for their respective apps in the below topic. We've confirmed the iOS version changes: We've also confirmed Android: Both version updated were added this week. We are waiting for an official webOS 4.0 press release from LG and additional information on what models are supported.
  2. Here in the US, the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday and is traditionally the best shopping day of the year! You can find deals on just about anything but here at lgwebos.com, we are tracking specials on LG TVs. The Target ad has leaked and on page two we have 43 and 49" sets with as much as $120 off! On page six we have a 55, 60, and 65 inch LG UHD Smart webOS TVs with as much as $250 off! Check back for more Black Friday deals and post in this topic if you see some!
  3. CHICAGO, ILL. AND TOULOUSE, FRANCE (PRWEB) JULY 24, 2018 Intuiface, provider of the world’s premier interactive experience creation platform, is pleased to announce support for the LG webOS operating system. All multi-touch content created with Intuiface software can now be run on all smart devices running webOS 3.0, 3.0+, and 4.0, including the LG TC3D series of Integrated Touch Boards with PCAP (projected capacitive) touch technology. With this announcement, Intuiface provides multi-touch signage option for webOS, enabling businesses to invest in and to realize the added benefits of interactive over passive signage. Built from the ground-up with touch capabilities at its core, Intuiface is a no-coding software platform enabling any organization to create and deliver gratifying, purposeful, data-driven digital experiences that connect people to place, powered by the latest interactive technologies. Advantages of interactive digital content include deeper, lasting engagement thanks to real-time personalization and the ability to track user preferences in context, generating actionable business insights. Organizations adopting webOS devices for digital signage distribution can now use the IntuiFace platform, empowering them to create personalized, template-free visual content, incorporate live connections to cloud-based data and APIs (including social networks, IoT, Web triggers), and adopt all core capabilities necessary for successful signage and kiosk deployments such as remote deployment, fine grained user data collection and analytics, scheduling, and the ability to work offline. The marriage between the Intuiface platform and webOS is rooted in work by Intuiface to port its HTML5-based runtime (aka Player) to the touch-enabled webOS Web browser. The result - complementing Intuiface’s previous work for other platforms – enables users and partners to both manually access and remotely deploy interactive experiences simply by entering a URL. The combination of Intuiface’s unique capabilities with the dramatically reduced total cost of ownership achieved by SoC-based LG webOS devices creates a compelling low-cost option in the signage market for content creation, deployment, and monitoring. It is estimated that projects built with these two platforms will reduce total cost of ownership by 65% and time-to-deployment by 50% over conventional display and content delivery approaches. “Devices running LG webOS, coupled with premier PCAP touch technology, have a price point and convenience that make interactive signage deployments – the natural evolution of passive signage – an excellent choice for businesses of any size,” added Vincent Encontre, COO, Intuiface. “Thanks to our technology partnership with LG, Intuiface has been able to make interactive signage creation accessible as well. We believe the market will be amazed at what can be achieved, triggering a significant increase in interactive webOS-based projects.” “Giving LG digital signage customers the ability to create multi-touch digital content through the Intuiface platform is consistent with our strategy to offer the best technology currently available in the industry,” said Jongjin Woo, ID Business Unit R&D Head, LG Electronics. “For organizations in search of an affordable, accessible path to creating interactive digital signage – even organizations with no development skills - Intuiface and LG offer a uniquely compelling, turnkey package.” Interactive experiences built using Intuiface Composer can be published to a public or private cloud storage account and then downloaded and run, using Intuiface Player, on the PCAP-based LG TC3D Interactive Digital Boards as well as on any other LG display series running LG webOS 3.0, 3.0+, or 4.0. Both Composer and Player can be trialed for free – without a time limit – or licensed with an annual subscription. Information for getting started can be found here. About Intuiface Intuiface is the world’s premier platform for creating, deploying, measuring and managing deeply interactive digital experiences without writing code. Over 1400 companies across 90+ countries are connecting people to place using interactive options such as touch, RFID/NFC, beacons, Web APIs, Internet of Things, and much more. For any industry – including retail, hospitality, real estate, tourism, education – and for any intent – from digital signs to self-service kiosks and assisted selling. More at http://www.intuiface.com. About LG webOS Smart Signage Platform LG webOS Smart Signage is a web-centric platform that powers the LG Digital Signage products. This developer-friendly platform provides powerful features to create your own web apps. Best of all, webOS Signage is compatible with major programming languages and technologies you are already familiar with, such as HTML, JavaScript, CS, and more. Source: https://www.prweb.com/releases/intuiface_announces_interactive_digital_signage_support_for_lg_webos_smart_displays/prweb15635607.htm
  4. For those of you that are webos users from the early palm days to the HP acquisition will remember this guy, who got ousted and then replaced by Leo Apotheker, which caused the spiral down of webOS with HP. Leo canned the Touchpad and "fire saled" it out. Many speculate if Mark Hurd was the CEO, things would have been different with HP and webOS. Larry Ellison is stepping down: http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/18/larry-ellison-safra-catz-mark-hurd-ceo-oracle/
  5. http://www.law360.com/classaction/articles/440641/hp-can-t-quite-beat-investor-claims-over-nixing-webos
  6. If you are webOS enthusiast, you remember Palm as the brand that brought you webOS 1.0 on a smart phone before it was sold to HP fro Touchpads and then LG for Smart TVs. Today, we have webOS off to LG and the Palm brand off to TCL Communications. We have been waiting to see what was to come with palm and today we have a new website that's up and a cool gadget, dubbed a "companion". Below is information from https://www.palm.com "We found partners who were as passionate about celebrating the choice to stay connected and be present with Palm, a vision that brings people out of technology and back into their lives. We’re working with TCL Communication to manufacture Palm and exclusively launching with Verizon Wireless in the United States, establishing the new ultra-mobile category." History of Palm Palm was one of the first companies to put mobile devices into consumers’ hands. Palm changed the mobile game when they introduced the popular PalmPilot in 1996—ushering in the handheld mobile era. Palm is back and ready to change the game again. The original PalmPilot made your computer mobile, now we’re making smartphones truly mobile again. We have embraced Palm’s innovative spirit and created a new ultra-mobile device that keeps you connected and present at the same time. The new Palm is an ultra-mobile product that’s about the size of a credit card with smart features and quick actions, so you can instantly access everything you need and nothing you don’t—even when your smartphone is nowhere to be seen. Palm syncs with your Android or iOS device so you’ll never miss a thing, even if your smartphone is at home. Features Size of a Credit Card Syncs with Android and iOS Stunning HD Display Water and Dust Resistant Two Cameras 12MP and 8MP Runs on Android with Google Assistant Facial Recognition Gesture Pad Quick Actions Specs Processor Qualcomm® 435 processor. Octa-core CPU Display 3.3” HD Display - 445 ppi high pixel density LCD Glass Impact resistant front and rear Corning Gorilla Glass Cameras 12MP rear camera with flash + 8MP front camera Construction Crafted billet aluminum mid-frame Durability IP68 water and dust resistant Memory 3 GB RAM / 32 GB Storage Battery 800mAh non-removable battery,All-day battery life*, 3+ day standby time Audio Dual-purpose speaker Sensors G-Sensor, Glonass GPS, Proximity, E-compass, Gyro Connectivity 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2 low energy WLAN 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz) Non-removable nano SIM OS Android 8.1 Security Face unlock Dimensions 50.6 x 96.6 x 7.4mm Weight 62.5 grams Colors Available in titanium and gold Visit https://www.palm.com for more information
  7. The news out today as reported by Pulse News is that LG is planning to debut a webOS powered smart fridge this coming week at CES 2017. So what we know now is that webOS will be shown on TVs (we have that now), the new projector, signage (we have that now), and now a smart fridge! Stay tuned as it looks like the webOS ecosystem is growing! According to the consumer-electronics industry Sunday, LG will unveil its smart fridge which runs webOS at CES 2017 to be held from Jan. 5 to 8 in Las Vegas. This marks its first attempt to try out webOS on its kitchen appliances. The firm has rolled out TVs that run webOS, Linux kernel-based multitask operating system for smart devices like TVs and smartwatches, back in 2014....Read More
  8. MultiChoice has launched a DStv Now app for LG smart TVs. The majority of LG TVs from 2017 and 2018 running webOS 3.5 and 4.0 are supported. The announcement follows the recent launch of DStv Now apps for Samsung smart TVs, Apple TV, and Android TV media players. The company said the new app is available from the LG App Store on supported TVs. To find out how the DStv Now smart TV app works, check out the hands-on with the service. Source: https://mybroadband.co.za/news/technology/275003-dstv-now-launches-lg-smart-tv-app.html
  9. UPDATING YOUR FIRMWARE The firmware that powers your LG Ultra HD 4K Smart TV with webOS should be updated from time to time to enhance your experience and improve its operation. Thankfully, this can be done easily and quickly, right at home. Watch this quick video to learn more. Or follow the easy steps below to get started. HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO UPDATE MY FIRMWARE? Firmware updates don't happen frequently, so you should be fine checking for updates every other month. HOW DO I CHECK FOR, AND DOWNLOAD, AVAILABLE FIRMWARE UPDATES? Before you do anything, make sure you have an Ethernet cord connected directly from your router to your television. Wireless Internet connections are not reliable enough for firmware updates. Use this diagram if you need help getting set up: ONCE YOUR TV HAS A WIRED CONNECTION, DO THE FOLLOWING: Press the MENU Click SYSTEM SETTINGS Then ABOUT Then SYSTEM UPDATES You'll be advised that your system is currently up to date or requested to select CHECK NOW for the latest update. If a new version is available, it downloads automatically. FIRMWARE UPDATES WILL ALSO UPDATE LG ULTRA HD 4K SMART TV AND LG APPS AT THE SAME TIME.
  10. First To Mass Produce Large Screen OLED TVs, LG Poised to Lead Market in Advanced Premium TV Technologies BERLIN, Aug. 29, 2018 — Already a leader in advancing TV innovation with its OLED TVs, LG Electronics (LG) is introducing the world’s first 8K (7680 x 4320) OLED TV. Previewed at IFA 2018, the 88-inch class 8K LG OLED TV features over 33 million self-emitting pixels to produce the unmatched contrast ratio and true blacks that define OLED TV’s iconic picture quality. With OLED TV shipments in the market expected to double in 2018 and reach over nine million units by 2022, LG will continue to increase the OLED share in its premium TV portfolio and drive large scale consumer adoption of OLED TVs. While the 8K TV market is still in its infancy, it is expected to grow to more than 5 million units by 2022, and LG is committed to leading the ultra-premium market with its 8K OLED TV technology. Despite advancements in LCD field, OLED has been often referred to as the “nextgeneration display technology” because it emits its own light, eliminating the need for any kind of backlighting. This allows for state-of-art TVs which redefine both the picture quality and the product design. Not only was LG able to pioneer such technologies, but it was also able to successfully market them. “LG’s first 8K OLED TV is the pinnacle of technological achievement and the next evolutionary step in display technology,” said Brian Kwon, president of LG Home Entertainment Company. “4K OLED played a major role in reshaping TV industry and LG is confident that 8K OLED will do the same.” LG introduced the 88" 8k OLED TV at CES 2018
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    webOS OSE Youtube Channel

    Below are latest videos and link at the bottom to the webOS OSE Youtube Channel webOS OSE Session in OSCON webOS experts had presentations about webOS OSE in OSCON 2018. Welcome Beanbird Bot The Beanbird Bot running with webOS OSE! See what he can do and how. Congrats. You’ve found webOS OSE. Looking for an OS for your new smart device? Here’s webOS OSE that is open source, web app compatible, LG proven, and continuously evolving. Introducing webOS OSE webOS OSE is a web-centric open source software platform for smart devices. See all videos on webOS OSE Youtube Channel
  12. LG Signed a deal with Luxoft yesterday to bring webOS to new verticals such as automotive, robotics, and the smart home. Very interesting development and a clear expansion of how webOS will be used in the future for not only TVs, projectors, and appliances. Below is the press release from the Luxoft website. Next-generation webOS operating system will target vehicles, robots and smart devices IFA, Berlin, GERMANY -- 31 August, 2018 -- Luxoft Holding, Inc (NYSE:LXFT), a global IT service provider, has partnered with LG Electronics Inc., a multinational electronics company, to help create the next generation webOS as part of a strategy to extend its capabilities and ecosystem into the automotive, robotics and smart home verticals. LG Electronics has previously deployed webOS in over 60 million LG smart TVs and digital signage displays worldwide and this install base is growing rapidly. As a strategic partner, Luxoft is bringing technical assets as well as experience in designing and deploying software platforms for a wide variety of products and services. “Thanks to our collaboration with Luxoft, we are able to bring webOS into automotive and beyond,” said I.P. Park, Chief Technology Officer at LG Electronics. “Luxoft is providing a substantial technological contribution to webOS and has also greatly enhanced our ability to deploy it into new industries.” Luxoft will lead the deployment of webOS into the new, targeted sectors, beginning with automotive. Initially focusing on digital cockpit development – which includes infotainment, navigation, and other features that are human-car interaction-centric – Luxoft and LG Electronics also plan to introduce the new platform into the robotics and smart home sectors. “We’re already leveraging LG Electronics’ thriving smart TV eco-system to customize and enhance webOS so it provides an innovation canvas for car manufacturers to develop next-generation autonomous vehicles,” said Mikael Söderberg, Senior Technical Director, Automotive at Luxoft. “Having access to webOS and its cloud services platform will enable car makers to design and develop better customer experiences for autonomous mobility services.” With both technology and specific industry expertise, the Luxoft and LG partnership is helping provide more ways for businesses across multiple sectors to digitize. “Underlying this partnership is a shared desire to make it easier for manufacturers to innovate with technology. This platform gives them the flexibility to make digital changes. This will help accelerate the mobility revolution, improve human-robotic interactions and make smart devices even smarter,” concluded Dmitry Loschinin, President and CEO of Luxoft.
  13. LG’s 2018 lineup of AI-enabled ThinQ TVs are going to be getting Google Assistant functionality in many of its international markets. Starting 8/24, Google Assistant will be available in Canada, Australia, and the UK, with support coming to South Korea, Spain, France, and Germany by the end of the year. LG’s ThinQ TVs came with integrated Google Assistant when they launched in the US and added support for Alexa commands soon after. The built-in ThinQ AI, which runs on LG’s own WebOS can be used for TV-specific commands, such as “search for the soundtrack of this movie,” while Google Assistant and Alexa can be used as a smart home hub. You can basically use the TV the same way you’d use your Google Home by speaking commands into the mic on your remote. LG is also planning on bringing Amazon Alexa support to Australia and Canada in the future, but no time is specified yet. Source: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/8/24/17779468/google-assistant-lg-thinq-tv
  14. Showtime is now available on LG’s WebOS-powered smart TV platform. A stand-alone subscription costs $11 per month, and grants access to the live feed of both Showtime’s East and West Coast feeds, as well as on-demand content. This lets viewers watch Showtime original series like Billions, Homeland, The Chi, Ray Donovan, Shameless, Twin Peaks, and more, as well as the upcoming limited series Patrick Melrose, all without having to plug any external devices into their TV. LG says this makes Showtime the first network to launch on its smart TVs. United States app catalog: Showtime comes to LG smart TVs, no cable subscription required
  15. Web SDK webOS TV SDK is a tool that provides developers with tools for webOS TV web app development and emulator for testing. For the supported webOS TV platform version, see Supported Platform Version for each SDK System Requirements Operating System Microsoft® Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) Mac OS X Lion or later (64-bit) Ubuntu 10.04, 12.04 / Ubuntu Mint 13 (Maya) (32-bit and 64-bit) Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 2.0 GHz or faster Memory: 3 GB or more of RAM Display: 1280 x 1024 or higher of screen resolution Graphic Card: 256 MB or more of video memory Additional Software Oracle® VirtualBox 4.2.x or higher (4.2.x is recommended) https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Download_Old_Builds_4_2 Oracle JDK 1.7.0_45 or later http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html For version downloads, visit: http://developer.lge.com/webOSTV/sdk/web-sdk/
  16. Unfortunately not running our beloved webOS, but Android, FCC documents show a new Palm phone in the works. If you recall, the Palm brand was purchased by TLC with the promise of releasing new Palm branded phones..... First spotted by Android Police, new filings show a device called the Palm PVG100 has passed through the FCC and WiFi Alliance. Yes, a Palm smartphone submitted by the Palm Ventures Group just showed up in 2018. Not much is known about the device, but it is an Android 8.1 Oreo smartphone with WiFi 2.4GHz and quad-band LTE support. If you went "huh" after reading 2.4GHz, you are correct with that reaction as this device will not support the faster 5GHz band, common in most devices now, by the looks of this filing. ....read more Palm PVG100 Escapes Smartphone Purgatory Running Android Oreo Read more at https://hothardware.com/news/palm-pvg100-android-81-oreo-fcc-wi-fi-alliance#FEfCvRfRWTaoFl4R.99
  17. When shopping around for a webos enabled TV, make sure you also check ebay. You may find a pretty good deal. There are 49 inch sets for $399.99 55 inch lg webos tv 4k on ebay for as low as $617.99 Find more LG webos TVs on ebay, click here for a current list!
  18. This new combination will provide LG customers with a complete digital signage solution in the form of multi-functional displays without the need for additional external devices. The RMG Networks Korbyt platform has been selected as a webOS signage partner of global electronics giant LG. The combination will provide LG customers with a complete digital signage solution in the form of multi-functional displays without the need for additional external devices. It will also allow content managed within the Korbyt platform to be displayed directly onto webOS powered LG screens of all sizes, even mobile phones, thanks to the platform’s mobile app extension. In addition, LG’s clients already using webOS Signage can now choose to use the Korbyt platform for all their enterprise visual communications. Korbyt clients with a preference for LG webOS Signage can stay true to their choice of display hardware. Korbyt is RMG Networks’ state-of-the-art content management system for digital signage. It was developed with the aim of reinventing visual content creation, management and publishing across the widest possible range of digital end points. Featuring an intuitive user interface, including a drag-and-drop content creator, this cloud-based CMS engine enables companies to create immersive interactive visual communication applications which are reshaping customer, and employee, experiences. webOS Signage is LG’s Linux kernel-based multitasking operating system for smart devices, such as smart TVs, acting as a media player for digital signage applications. It can now leverage key capabilities of the Korbyt platform, providing users with access to a wealth of options for segmented realtime data and content visualisation around the globe. It can all be managed efficiently from one central or multiple locations via an intuitive web-based portal. Ben Johnston, vice president of product management at RMG Networks, said: “We are excited to be extending the reach of our Korbyt digital signage platform to LG webOS powered displays, and to be working with a huge company like LG. We recognise the quality, convenience, and performance that LG webOS provides to customers. “Combined with our industry-leading data integration and content creation features, customers now have access to a powerful digital signage solution without the need for an external media player. This is a game-changing development for the digital signage industry.” Source: https://www.avinteractive.com/news/business/lg-selects-korbyt-platform-webos-signage-partner-18-07-2018/
  19. LAS VEGAS, June 6, 2018 – Revolutionary Direct View LED and OLED technologies, ultra narrow bezel video wall displays and new-to-the-market digital signage solutions, LG Electronics USA Business Solutions are headlining the InfoComm 2018 trade show that opens here today. “Our major presence at InfoComm this year shows how LG prides itself on providing forward thinking, innovative solutions that are both highly functional and key business drivers,” said Garry Wicka, Head of Marketing, LG Electronics USA Business Solutions. “As digital signage applications and technologies continue to advance, LG is committed to being at the forefront of innovation, whether it’s delivering new-to-the-industry solutions, innovative new product concepts, or expanding capabilities in our next-generation displays.” Visitors to LG’s booth at InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas (June 6-8, Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall, Booth #2546) will experience first-hand LG’s full lineup of digital displays and their countless installation applications. For more information on LG’s commercial display portfolio, please visit www.lgsolutions.com. Direct View LED Displays Exhibiting its industry leadership in, and commitment to, the large-screen video market, LG offers a host of indoor and outdoor Direct View LED display solutions, including 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0mm pixel pitch indoor displays. LG’s Direct View LED displays produce outstanding color contrast, saturation and brightness levels and are now available for both custom order – and now, new pre-arranged bundle packages – for a variety of installation applications, including retail spaces, sports stadiums, transportation hubs and hospitality applications. Commercial LG OLED Solutions At InfoComm 2018, LG will introduce slimmer-bezel versions of the 65-inch Ultra HD “Wallpaper,” 55-inch Full HD “In-Glass Wallpaper,” and 65-inch Ultra HD video wall LG OLED displays with a new super-slim bezel overlap seam (see separate release). LG will also showcase the highly-acclaimed LG OLED Canyon, which first made a splash by wowing attendees at CES® 2018 with its winding LG Open Frame OLED panels in convex and concave configurations. LG’s proprietary OLED technology delivers perfect blacks, infinite contrast and incredible color from wide viewing angles, and are sure to elevate retail environments and art galleries with their cutting-edge picture quality. Video Wall Displays New in 2018 are 55-inch ultra-narrow 0.6 mm even bezel displays (model 55SVH7E) that can be combined to create one powerful and impactful video wall ideal for displaying content that resembles one continuous image as opposed to a collection of segmented panels. The new video wall expands LG’s portfolio of narrow bezel video wall displays, which includes VH7B, VM5B and VM5C series, all touting 0.9mm bezels. LG’s proprietary In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology ensures uniform, accurate color from virtually any viewing angle, empowering these video walls to produce unparalleled picture quality sure to capture any viewers’ attention. One-of-a-Kind Digital Signage Solutions Within its broad portfolio of transformative digital signage solutions, LG offers displays with inventive form factors and never-before-seen aspect ratios, including the LG Transparent Color LED film display and the LG Ultra Stretch displays. Building off LG’s highly-acclaimed Transparent LED Film display introduced at InfoComm 2017, LG now offers the same innovative display in color, delivering an entirely new category of displays to the market (see separate release). LG’s unique Ultra Stretch displays also redefine the creativity and flexibility possible for digital signage with their irregular aspect ratios and ability to act as stand-alone displays, be layered together, or be installed in a square pillar, making them a great fit for retail, wayfinding, transportation, museum and QSR applications. Quick Service Restaurant Solutions LG offers an array of technology solutions to meet the changing needs of the QSR sector, including ultra-narrow video walls, 4K UHD displays, Ultra Stretch displays, Transparent LED Film, and ultra-premium large format indoor and outdoor displays. LG’s unique outdoor kiosk displays come equipped with temperature tolerance technology to alleviate overheating and prevent compromised picture quality and their environmentally sealed structure for waterproofing protects the display from dust and fumes. All available indoor and outdoor displays in LG’s QSR digital signage portfolio utilize LG SuperSign, LG’s easy-to-use content management and editing software that offers seamless control from remote locations. In-Room Hospitality Solutions LG’s commercial display portfolio also includes a wide variety of guest-centric technologies for hospitality environments. Leading the 4K Ultra HD revolution for hotels is not only the first-ever OLED TV designed specifically for hotels (model EW960H), but also the unbelievably thin LG OLED Wallpaper Hotel TV (model 65EV960H), which is less than two-tenths of an inch thick. LG’s extraordinary OLED hotel TVs have already begun elevating the in-room experience for guests at hotels across the country with their perfect blacks, intense colors and infinite contrast. LG also offers seven series of LG 4K Ultra HD hotel TVs enhanced with LG’s Pro:Centric® interactive TV platform and the Pro:Idiom® digital rights management system, as well as a portfolio of products specifically designed for the hospitality market, including the LG Styler™ steam clothing care system and the LG PuriCare™ air purifiers with powerful cleaning and intuitive air quality sensors. Press release: http://www.lg.com/us/PDF/press-release/LG-InfoComm-2018-Umbrella.pdf
  20. LG 4K Projector Delivers Stunning 4K Ultra HD Images with Deeper, Sharper Image in Compact, Portable Design ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. June 4, 2018 — LG Electronics has launched the critically-acclaimed LG CineBeam 4K Laser1 Projector (HU80KA) in the United States. The projector will be available at select U.S. retailers starting this week at a suggested price of $2,999.99. With the global market for 4K projectors expected to grow rapidly, 2 LG is expecting to lead this market, as it does in the LED projector segment, based on its highly recognized product quality and innovative design. The LG CineBeam 4K Laser Projector earned the CES® 2018 Best of Innovation Award for its bright, detailed 4K picture quality and sleek, compact design delivering the ultimate home cinema experience. The latest addition of Red Dot’s prestigious Best of the Best Product Design Award proves once again the LG CineBeam projector’s innovative design concept and product quality while simultaneously serving as a testament to LG’s position as an industry leader in technological design. Projectors that support 4K have traditionally tended to be heavy, expensive and difficult to install at home. LG’s engineers and designers took on the challenge of downsizing the LG CineBeam 4K Laser Projector without sacrificing image quality. The result is a premium device half the size of most competing 4K projectors while remaining price competitive. This projector offers a surreal cinematic experience thanks to its excellent 4K picture quality and portability, allowing any room in the house to turn into a movie theater. With more high-quality video content and formats available to consumers, demand is accordingly rising for a device with the versatility to display streaming content as easily as Blu-ray. The LG CineBeam 4K Laser projector fits the bill, as it can create a 150- inch screen at an amazing 2,500 lumens, making it LG’s brightest projector. It also supports HDR content (HDR 10) for an eye-popping cinematic experience in the home. The LG CineBeam 4K Laser’s portable size and unique upright design are made possible thanks to its mirrorless I-shaped engine, which allows the projection of high-quality images whether the device is on the floor, mounted on the wall or hanging from the ceiling. The projector also features a convenient carrying handle and Auto Cord feature. The Mirror Reflector serves as a lens cover to protect the projector from dust when stored. On the audio side, two powerful yet clear 7W + 7W stereo speakers deliver a vivid cinematic sound without the need for external speakers or a soundbar. Owners of the LG CineBeam 4K Laser Projector can choose from a vast array of viewing content via LG’s embedded webOS smart platform for access to leading online streaming services offering 4K content. Standard connectivity options also include ports for USB, Ethernet and HDMI, as well as wireless support for external devices such as a keyboard and mouse. “The LG CineBeam 4K Laser Projector is a true game changer in the projector market,” said Tim Alessi, head of home entertainment product marketing at LG Electronics USA. “Portability and versatility combined with 4K technology delivers the ultimate largescreen home cinema experience in a compact size. This projector will lead the way in changing how consumers view 4K content in any room at home.” Press release: http://www.lg.com/us/PDF/press-release/Press Release-LG-CineBeam-4K-Laser.pdf
  21. Compatibility with Alexa Offers More Versatility to webOS-based LG AI TVs, Gives Consumers Access to Easy Voice Control ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., May 29, 2018 — LG Electronics USA announced that 2018 LG OLED TVs and LG SUPER UHD TVs with AI ThinQ® are now compatible with Alexa-enabled devices through the LG SmartThinQ Skill for Amazon Alexa. This collaboration between LG and Amazon will enable consumers to control their 2018 LG AI-enabled TVs via voice commands to their existing Alexa-enabled devices – including Amazon Echo, Echo Show, Echo Dot, Echo Spot and Echo Plus – and access numerous TV functions including volume, play, pause, start, stop, fast forward controls*, channel selection and content search. Users can experience easy-to-use voice capabilities on their 2018 LG AI TVs, including OLED and LG Super UHD TVs with AI ThinQ, simply by asking Amazon Alexa. For example, you can now issue voice commands such as, “Alexa, turn up the volume on my living room TV” or “Alexa, change the channel to CNN on my kitchen TV.” You can also open specific LG webOS Smart TV apps by saying “Alexa, ask LG to launch YouTube on my bedroom TV.” LG’s 2018 AI-enabled TVs expand the capabilities of the company’s award-winning premium line-up with cutting-edge innovations such as LG AI ThinQ artificial intelligence and the new LG OLED Alpha 9 intelligent processor (C8, E8, W8 models). The intelligent voice control on LG AI TVs enhances connectivity and control for the smart home and beyond. “The addition of Amazon Alexa compatibility to our 2018 LG AI-enabled TVs spotlights LG’s commitment to developing category-leading TVs that combine innovative technologies with the widest range of convenient, user-friendly interfaces,” said Tim Alessi, head of home entertainment product marketing at LG Electronics USA. “LG’s open platform-open partnership- open connectivity ecosystem enables LG AI products to work with the most popular smart platforms to deliver the most convenient and customized smart home experience tailored to a consumer’s specific lifestyle.” Support for the LG SmartThinQ Skill for Amazon Alexa on 2018 LG TVs adds to LG’s rapidly growing AI ecosystem that includes the industry’s most extensive range of WiFi-enabled smart appliances. By asking Amazon Alexa to talk to LG, you can control your TV, as well as turn on your air purifier, turn off your ice maker, start your robotic vacuum and more. With LG’s Alpha 9 intelligent processor powering the LG SIGNATURE OLED TV AI ThinQ W8, and LG OLED TV AI ThinQ E8 and C8-series (and LG’s Alpha 7 processor powering the LG SUPER UHD TV AI ThinQ lineup), viewers will enjoy more realistic and accurate colors and improved image renderings from virtually any viewing angle. Combined with on-board Dolby Atmos audio and support for the widest variety of high dynamic range content with support for Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG and Advanced HDR by Technicolor. – LG’s premium 4K UHD TVs were developed to fully immerse viewers in any scene. For more information on LG AI TVs, please visit www.LGUSA.com/AI-ThinQ
  22. If you haven't noticed of late, the latest iterations of iOS and Android heavily leverage gestures with their user interfaces – something that a now defunct mobile platform was known for notoriously implementing. It's almost unbelievable to know that the Palm Pre was launched almost 9 years ago, which in the smartphone industry is a really, really long time. Looking back at what it helped to establish, there's no denying that it was simply one of those phones that was too ahead of its time. It's almost unbelievable to know that the Palm Pre was launched almost 9 years ago. One look at the Palm Pre when it first came onto the scene, its polished stone resemblance was a sight to behold back in 2009 – more so when it featured a portrait sliding QWERTY keyboard. For Palm, it was its most radically designed smartphone, setting itself apart not only from Palm's line of devices, but from all smartphones in general. Even more impressive, the Palm Pre featured wireless charging, which is a feature that only recently became akin to mostly high-end smartphones nowadays. While the phone's specs weren't ground-breaking for a smartphone during its time, it's memorable for the software that Palm meticulously developed. Palm's webOS was something truly different! And it's really ironic how iOS and Android today adopted many of webOS' signature looks and features. The cards view we get in both mobile operating systems was something that webOS brought along back when it was introduced in 2009. Moreover, webOS heavily leveraged a ton of finger gestures for users to navigate around the platform. From the swipe up gesture that "minimized" apps into their card view, to swiping away to close those apps, a lot is owed to the fundamental principles of webOS. Above all, though, the Palm Pre was ahead of its time thanks to its "Synergy" groundwork – something that intelligently populated the correct information with your contacts. Essentially, Synergy helped to merge your data from all your services, whether they were email, instant messaging, or just general address book information, Synergy just took the hassle of managing all of that on our own. There was also the universal search that webOS offered, which is yet another staple feature in today's smartphones. However, we do recall how Palm was trying to sell us the vision of the future with Synergy – how a personal digital assistant of sorts could intelligently aid us. It reminds us of all the talk we have now about artificial intelligence. Palm sold us on the idea of how one day webOS can detect that you've snoozed your alarm too many times and automatically send text messages to the folks you're scheduled to meet up with – to tell them that you're going to be late. And that's all accomplished with Synergy's potential capabilities! As we all know, we never got to that point with webOS, which is a shame because the platform was undeniably ahead of its time. Quite frankly, it's still unbelievable that the Palm Pre was released 9 years ago. Just think about the possibilities if webOS somehow managed to survive and thrive. Then again, today's mobile platforms have clearly adopted many of webOS' features, which shows why the Palm Pre is a testament in being regarded as one of the most revolutionary phones ever to be imagined. Source: https://www.phonearena.com/news/The-Palm-Pre-is-still-one-of-the-most-foward-thinking-phones-9-years-after-it-launched_id105225
  23. ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. May 8, 2018 — LG Electronics USA announced the Google Assistant is launched on its 2018 AI TV line-up. This includes both LG OLED TVs and LG SUPER UHD TVs with ThinQ AI, which will deliver cutting-edge AI features operated directly through the TV’s remote control with no additional hardware required. As previewed at CES® 2018, the collaboration between Google and LG will add more convenience in consumers’ lives, and the synergistic effects expected from this technology partnership will particularly impact LG’s award-winning TVs. Full press release: http://www.lg.com/us/PDF/press-release/LG-TV-Google-Assistant-Launch-Release.pdf LG brings Google Assistant to its 2018 ThinQ TVs powered by webOS Why LG TV’s Google Assistant in 2018 is a big deal
  24. Interesting article and for those that had a Palm webOS device, you'll appreciate this! No Android P didn’t blatantly copy the iPhone gestures, webOS was the inspiration Most people who saw last night’s Google I/O 2018 keynote could’ve mistaken the new gestures in Android P as an iPhone X copy, but that’s simply not the case. Google didn’t seek inspiration from Apple’s new iPhone X. In fact, Google and Apple both drew inspiration from the same operating system – webOS. And the designer of webOS is Matias Duarte, who is the brains behind Google’s Material Design language – something Google talked a lot about at yesterday’s keynote. For the bystander and armchair journalist it would seem that Apple was copied yet again by Google, but originally, it was Apple who copied an iconic user interface paradigm which was designed and evangelized by Duarte almost a decade ago. Back in the day, the Palm Pre which was a product championed by former Apple executive Jon Rubinstein had a gesture based user interface that allowed users to swipe the home bar – a sophisticated control mechanism which went beyond the standard button that the iPhone and original Android phones used at the time to enable gestures. At the time, these phones didn’t have the technology to have full bezel-less displays hence that area was needed. Using the home bar, one could flick up to bring up the dock and swipe fully up to bring up a card view of all recently viewed apps. Conceptually, this isn’t too dissimilar from what the iPhone X incorporated on its Super Retina display and what Duarte’s current team has implemented on Android. This design change comes from one of the themes around the Android P release which has a focus on the bezel-less trend and as demonstrated by Google’s Dave Burke, VP of Android program management, even a smaller 5-inch display device like the Pixel 2. Both the iPhone and now Android borrow this fundamental concept and rightly so, as this is an intuitive way to evolve the control cluster – as the iPhone over indexed on a singular button while Android phones opted for a medley of three software buttons or hardware buttons amongst other odd combinations. Duarte’s vision coming full circle More so, since Duarte is a part of Google and also the creator of this user interface concept – it would be highly unfair to say that Google copied Apple or Apple copied webOS. This concept was hobbled by the technology of the time and this is the right time for it to hit critical mass. At the time when Duarte left Palm to join Google and revitalize the company around design, one of his first projects was around Android Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich which also drew inspiration from his work at Palm – the card based multitasking views. It took his team two more editions of Android, an overall 2 years more, with the launch of Lollipop to mobilize the company around a design motif called Material Design, which centers a digital environment space in layers interacting like paper with touch inputs. That was 2014 by the way and 4 years later Google is again mobilized around Material Design phase 2, which further incorporates some of his older concepts. The concepts might be old but the implementation is bang on. The fact that Apple has gone in that direction and even OnePlus has built something similar for its phones is evidence enough, even I can report that it works really well on a Pixel 2 XL, it's been a day that I have been testing the beta version. Source: http://in.pcmag.com/google-1/121112/opinion/no-android-p-didnt-blatantly-copy-the-iphone-gestures-webos
  25. SEOUL, Mar. 19, 2018 — As part of a broader effort to make webOS even more accessible to today’s consumers and industries, LG Electronics (LG) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a federal government body to more actively advance its philosophy of open platform, open partnership and open connectivity. The National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) is the governmental body within South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT (Information and Communication Technology) responsible for developing the country’s IT sector. LG will solicit webOS business proposals from hundreds of start-ups recommended by NIPA and shortlist the most viable ones to provide logistical and technical support with commercialization as the ultimate goal. With LG’s backing, startups will take part in international events such as Open Source Summit and OSCON to share their ideas and initiatives with other industry influencers. Toward its goal of expanding the webOS global footprint, LG developed an open source version of its platform, webOS Open Source Edition, now available to the public at http://webosose.org. Developers can download the source code free as well as taking advantage of related tools, guides and forums on the site to become more familiar with webOS and its inherent benefits as a smart devices platform. And because webOS is a Linux-kernel-based multitasking OS with support for HTML5 and CSS3, webOS will be quite familiar to even new developers. “When LG adopted webOS for our popular smart TV lineup in 2013, it did so with the knowledge that webOS had tremendous potential,” said Dr. I.P. Park, Chief Technology Officer at LG Electronics. “webOS has come a long way since then and is now a mature and stable platform ready to move beyond TVs to join the very exclusive group of operating systems that have been successfully commercialization at such a mass level. As we move from an app-based environment to a web-based one, we believe the true potential of webOS has yet to be seen.”


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