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  1. LG has announced an Open Source Edition of its webOS operating it currently uses for its smart televisions. Currently, the Korean company has released an open source version that is specifically aimed towards use on the Raspberry Pi 3 microcomputer, but they want webOS to expand to other devices as well. WebOS was an operating system that was originally developed by Palm for smartphones, with a heavy focus o developing apps using web technologies such as Javascript as well as HTML and CSS. Unfortunately for Palm, webOS never gained much popularity and the software was then bought by Hewlett-Packard, which also failed to make gain a significant market share with webOS. LG is now using the operating system for its recent smart televisions, such as the recently released OLED TVs. The open source version of webOS is the result of an agreement with the Korean National IT Industry Promotion Agency, and LG hopes that the software will of use for start-ups in their home country. The company hopes to expand the use and reach of webOS to a plethora of devices. An SDK has been released for developers as well as a number of technical documents. The webOS Open Source Edition currently is optimized for the Raspberry Pi 3, but also runs on devices with an Ubuntu 14.04 64bit LTS operating system. For reasons unknown, it’s not recommended to run the operating system in a virtual environment. Source: https://techfrag.com/2018/03/22/lg-introduces-open-source-edition-of-webos-for-raspberry-pi-3/ Buy a Rasberry Pi kit on Amazon CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 B+ (B Plus) Starter Kit (32 GB EVO+ Edition, Premium Black Case)
  2. ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., April 10, 2018 — LG Electronics USA announced that LG’s award-winning smart TVs now include Hulu with Live TV, offering consumers even greater content options and enhanced viewing experiences within the modern living room. Beginning today, the updated user interface (UI) is available on all 2018 and 2017 LG Smart TVs with webOS, as well as select 2016 models.* “As interest in streaming live events continues to rise, we are offering LG smart TV owners a seamless solution that enables them to experience today’s pivotal cultural moments as they are happening from the comfort of their own home,” said Matthew Durgin, director of smart TV content partnerships at LG Electronics USA. Hulu with Live TV offers viewers access to live and on-demand programming from over 50 top channels, in addition to the service’s robust on-demand streaming library with thousands of movies and shows. Hulu’s live offering gives viewers access to personal-ized sports experiences, as well as the opportunity to record live TV through the Cloud DVR option. Current LG TV customers with Hulu subscriptions may enjoy Hulu with Live TV by updating their subscription plan. The 2018 LG Smart TVs with webOS are now available with the updated UI and access to Hulu with Live TV at retailers nationwide. For more information, please visit www.lg.com. # Press Release: http://www.lg.com/us/PDF/press-release/Hulu-Live-TV-Press-Release-4-9-18.pdf Enjoy all your TV in one place with Hulu in the most personalized TV experience anywhere. The choice is yours – select a plan featuring Hulu’s library of thousands of shows and movies including current episodes, past seasons, original series, kids favorites, and more; or, if you have select 2016, 2017 and 2018 LG TVs, you can upgrade to Hulu with Live TV and enjoy the entire streaming library plus 50+ live and on demand channels. You can also add premium networks like HBO®, Cinemax®, and SHOWTIME® to your Hulu subscription for an additional monthly cost.
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  5. 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
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  8. With today's announcement from LG on open sourcing webOS OSE, LG's Chief Technology officer said , “webOS has come a long way since then and is now a mature and stable platform ready to move beyond TVs.” So what does this actually mean? We know LG has put webOS on a smart fridge and projector, but could other appliances or possibly even phones be on the list? Maybe not directly for LG but what they probably want to see, is the usage of webOS in other technology and form factors with a common tie-back to LG. HP tried to do the same with the Open webOS Project that didn;t go anywhere and the domain is not coming up online today. Open WebOS reborn as LuneOS for mobile devices which also saw little adoption. With this latest release, does LG have the push to make it something HP could not? That's the real question and only time will tell. In teh end, it's all about users for an OS to survive even though there are plenty of nostalgic Palm and HP webOS fans keeping their fingers crossed for a webOS powered smart phone or tablet. Articles on today's release: https://www.slashgear.com/lg-webos-open-source-edition-kicks-off-global-trek-19523548/ https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/19/17138246/free-webos-open-source-download Check out the graphic where we see a tablet, media player, TV...and what is assumed to be a graphic for AI possibly....
  9. 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.”
  10. On March 19th, LG introduced webOS Open Source Edition with the intention of opening up webOS again to the world of development to move beyond TVs. This is the second time an open-source version of webOS has been released, the first coming under the failed tenure of HP back in 2011. LG Chief Technology Officer Dr. I.P. Park. “webOS has come a long way since then and is now a mature and stable platform ready to move beyond TVs.” webOS Open Source Edition Architecture The following figure shows the overall architecture of webOS Open Source Edition (OSE). webOS OSE consist of a set of layers: Core Applications, Application Framework, Managers & Services, Base Components, and BSP/Kernel. Core Applications webOS OSE has Core applications as the top layer and this layer includes System UI and System app. System UI includes apps that are related to the basic user interface, such as Home Launcher and Notification. These apps are usually implemented using QML. System app includes Settings app and web browser. Settings app is used to control the system properties and implemented using Enact. As a web browser, the Chromium browser is used. Application Framework To help developers creating better apps and services, webOS OSE provides enhanced options and environments compared to developing solely with HTML5, JavaScript, or CSS. The web app framework Enact, which is equivalent to jQuery, and Software Development Kit (SDK) are provided. Enact Enact is a web app framework optimized for developing web apps for webOS OSE. For more information and structure of Enact, refer to Enact developer site. Enact is also an open source project and is provided separately from webOS OSE. SDK The SDK provides a development environment for web apps and services. In this release of webOS OSE, we provide a CLI-based SDK for developing and installing web apps and services. Web apps can be packaged with services that are developed using Node.js. For more details on development/packaging of web apps and services, see Command Line Interface. Managers & Services Managers & Services layer includes the following components. System and Application Manager System and Application Manager (SAM) oversees the behavior of apps. SAM manages each app throughout its lifecycle, including the installation, launch, termination, and removal of the app. There are two types of apps in webOS Open Source Edition: native app and web app. In case of a web app, actual launching and management are performed by Web Application Manager as described below. Web Application Manager Web Application Manager (WAM) is responsible for launching and managing web apps. In addition, WAM performs CPU usage optimization, status monitoring and recovery processing, and access privileges management, all based on the running status of web apps. Luna Surface Manager Luna Surface Manager (LSM) is a component that works as a graphics manager. LSM displays graphical elements on the screen, manages the composition of these elements, and performs the event handling for input devices such as keyboard and pointer. LSM is also responsible for the execution and management of System UI, such as Home Launcher and Notification. LSM is implemented using Qt, and System UI is implemented using QML. Activity Manager Activity Manager is responsible for managing and executing activities requested from services. An activity is requested along with a specific condition, and it is triggered when the condition is met. You can configure the activity to perform tasks such as automatic execution of specific services, callback requests, and so on. uMediaServer uMediaServer (uMS) is a module that works as a server for the webOS media framework. uMS provides interfaces for media playback, manages resources, pipelines, and their policies, and manages the lifecycle of the media player. Base Components Base Components layer includes the following components. LS2 LS2, also called Luna Bus, is a system bus used by webOS OSE. LS2 manages the interface registration and invocation required for the interconnection among apps and services. Originally based on D-bus, LS2 has been enhanced to optimize the performance for embedded device environment. Web Engine webOS OSE uses Chromium as the web engine. A web engine is the module that loads and parses a web app (or web page) consisting of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and performs all tasks required to represent the web app on the screen, such as layering and rendering. Currently the web runtime environment of webOS OSE is implemented according to the multi-process model of Chromium. Therefore, each web app is run as a separate independent process. Chromium also includes browser logics a.k.a. Chromium browser which webOS OSE provides as the default browser app. DB8 DB8 is an embedded JSON database that supports data storing and retrieving in the structure of key-value store. webOS OSE uses LevelDB as the back-end database. The default service associated with DB8 is the com.webos.db. The com.webos.tempdb, which allows you to configure temporary storage in memory, is also provided. Node.js The service framework based on Node.js is provided so that you can implement services with JavaScript language. Node.js is a JavaScript framework that is typically run on a server. In webOS OSE, Node.js has been built in to facilitate service development. For more information on developing services based on Node.js, see JS Services. BSP/Kernel BSP/Kernel layer consists of several components to support Raspberry Pi 3. Typically, it provides evdev for event processing, Mesa for graphics support, and Wi-Fi and wired LAN for connectivity. Except as noted, this content is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 and sample code is licensed under Apache License 2.0. Visit: http://webosose.org/develop/architecture/
  11. SLING TV INTRODUCES FIRST LIVE OTT SERVICE ON 2016-17 LG SMART TVS Sling TV first live over-the-top (OTT) service coming to LG webOS 3.0 and 3.5 Smart TVs Sling TV populates in LG Smart TV launcher bar on select models for easy sign up LG Smart TVs expand Sling TV-supported platforms, which include smart televisions, tablets, game consoles, computers, smartphones and streaming devices April 19, 2017 "The addition of Sling TV to our strong line-up of premium content apps on our webOS platform gives consumers an incredibly wide range of content options to enjoy on our critically-acclaimed LG Smart TVs led by LG OLED and LG Super UHD." ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sling TV today became the first live and on-demand over-the-top (OTT) service available on LG Electronics’ line-up of smart TVs. Sling TV now supports most 2016 webOS 3.0 Smart TV models, and will be available on LG’s 2017 webOS 3.5 enabled-models in the coming months. Sling TV continues to lead the way in device compatibility as LG joins more than 15 platforms currently supported by Sling TV, including existing smart TVs, tablets, game consoles, computers, smartphones and streaming devices. “Even with today’s ‘always on-the-go’ lifestyle, we know watching TV from the living room is still as important to our customers as ever,” said Ben Weinberger, chief product officer of Sling TV. “Offering Sling TV on LG’s award-winning, top-of-the-line smart TVs gives viewers more control over how they watch Sling TV so they can view their favorite programs without the need for additional devices or unnecessary input-switching.” “Joining forces with Sling TV to include their robust slate of live TV and on-demand content further expands the offerings in our webOS 3.5 and 3.0 Smart TVs,” said Matt Durgin, Director of Content Innovation, LG Electronics USA. “The addition of Sling TV to our strong line-up of premium content apps on our webOS platform gives consumers an incredibly wide range of content options to enjoy on our critically-acclaimed LG Smart TVs led by LG OLED and LG Super UHD.” Starting today, current Sling TV subscribers can log in to their accounts on most 2016 LG Smart TV webOS 3.0 models. Internet connection and Sling TV app download required for access to service. Customers new to Sling TV may create their own entertainment experience, starting at $20 per month for Sling Orange or $25 per month for Sling Blue, directly from compatible LG Smart TVs, including some of the most popular sporting events, breaking news, TV series, movies and more, at an industry-leading price. To add Sling TV to an Internet-connected compatible LG Smart TV, users can look for Sling TV in their LG launcher bar or press “Home,” select “Go to LG Content Store” and search for “Sling.” New customers may sign up for Sling TV directly from the app on LG smart TVs. For more information about Sling TV on LG smart TVs, including compatible models, visit help.sling.com. For more information on Sling TV-supported devices, visit sling.com/devices. To learn more about LG’s lineup of webOS-enabled smart TVs, including its critically-acclaimed LG OLED 4K TVs, visit lg.com. About Sling TV Sling TV L.L.C. provides over-the-top television services, including general market, Latino and International live and on-demand programming. It is available on smart televisions, tablets, game consoles, computers, smartphones and other streaming devices. Sling TV offers two domestic streaming services that collectively include more than 150 channels and programming content from Disney/ESPN (Sling Orange/single-stream only), Fox (Sling Blue/multi-stream), NBC (Sling Blue/multi-stream), NFL Network, NBA TV, NHL Network, Pac-12 Networks, HBO®, SHOWTIME, STARZ, AMC, A&E, Turner, Scripps, GSN, Hallmark, Viacom, EPIX, AXS and Univision. Additionally, Sling TV offers a suite of standalone and add-on Spanish-language packages and services tailored to English-dominant, bilingual and Spanish-dominant U.S. households. Sling TV also provides more than 300 channels in 22 languages across multiple devices to U.S. households. Sling TV, the first of its kind to offer a live and on-demand over-the-top TV offering, is a next-generation service that meets the entertainment needs of today’s contemporary viewers. Visit www.Sling.com. Follow @Sling on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Sling
  12. ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., March 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- LG Electronics USA announces the official launch of its highly anticipated 2018 LG OLED TVs with AI ThinQ® and LG SUPER UHD TVs with AI ThinQ designed to bring a new level of convenience, enhanced connectivity and more immersive TV viewing experiences to the modern smart home. LG is building upon its legacy as the pioneer of large OLED display technology with the launch of nine new AI-enabled OLED TV models for 2018, including the W8, E8, C8, and B8 series. Each model boasts a range of design factors from Picture-on-Wall (models 77W8 and 65W8), Picture-on-Glass (models 65E8 and 55E8) and Cinema Screen design (models 77C8, 65C8 and 55C8 and models 65B8 and 55B8). Screen sizes range from 55- to 77-inches diagonal. In addition, seven new AI-enabled SUPER UHD TVs (SK9500, SK9000 and SK8000 series) will be available in sizes varying from 49- to 75-inches diagonal. Previewed less than two months ago at CES®, the premium models rolling out through U.S. retailers starting this month feature key innovations such as LG's ThinQ artificial intelligence and the new LG Alpha 9 intelligent processor. Beyond apps and entertainment, LG AI TVs use intelligent voice control to create a hub for the smart home and beyond. Announcing U.S. pricing and availability for the premium 2018 LG OLED and LG SUPER UHD TVs with AI ThinQ, Tim Alessi, head of home entertainment product marketing at LG Electronics USA, said, "LG OLED has consistently set the standard for picture quality and design in the premium TV market since its introduction a few short years ago. "The new 2018 models launching in the U.S. continue that leadership with the addition of LG ThinQ AI (Artificial Intelligence) in our premium TVs, offering consumers unmatched picture quality and state-of-the-art AI capabilities that combine to deliver an entirely new entertainment experience in the home," he explained. LG has added cutting-edge artificial intelligence to all 2018 LG OLED and LG SUPER UHD TVs with AI ThinQ. LG ThinQ artificial intelligence combines with LG's award-winning webOS smart platform to bring new levels of convenience and control to the consumer. This enables 2018 LG TVs to create an intuitive AI experience that uses natural language commands to control TV functions and seamlessly discover and play content, control TV settings, manage schedules, access information and control compatible connected smart home devices including lighting and appliances. 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 of all major HDR formats – Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG and Advanced HDR by Technicolor – these premium 4K UHD TVs are sure to fully immerse viewers in any scene. In addition to the Alpha 7 processor, the premium LCD lineup of LG SUPER UHD TVs all feature Nano Cell technology for expanded color gamut and natural, rich colors from any angle. New for 2018 is the inclusion of a full-array backlight with local dimming (in the SK9000 and SK9500-series), which provides more detailed control of the backlight, improving black levels and local contrast. 2018 LG OLED TVs with AI ThinQ LG SIGNATURE OLED TV AI ThinQ W8 77-inch class (76.7 inches diagonal) OLED77W8PUA $14,999.99 (available week of April 16) 65-inch class (64.5 inches diagonal) OLED65W8PUA $6,999.99 (available week of July 16) LG OLED TV AI ThinQ C8 77-inch class (76.8 inches diagonal) OLED77C8PUA $8,999.99 (available week of April 12) 65-inch class (64.5 inches diagonal) OLED65C8PUA $3,499.99 (available week of March 19) 55-inch class (54.6 inches diagonal): OLED55C8PUA $2,499.99 (available week of March 19) LG OLED TV AI ThinQ E8 65-inch class (64.5 inches diagonal) OLED65E8PUA $4,499.99 (available week of April 2) 55-inch class (54.6 inches diagonal) OLED55E8PUA $3,499.99 (available week of April 2) LG OLED TV AI ThinQ B8 (TBA at a later date) LG SUPER UHD TVs with AI ThinQ LG SUPER UHD TV AI ThinQ SK9500 LG SUPER UHD TV AI ThinQ SK8000 65-inch class (64.5 inches diagonal) 75-inch class (74.5 inches diagonal) 65SK9500PUA 75SK8070PUA $2,699.99 (available week of March 19) $2,699.99 (available week of April 23) LG SUPER UHD TV AI ThinQ SK9000 65-inch class (64.5 inches diagonal) 65SK8000PUA 65-inch class (64.5 inches diagonal) $1,999.99 (available week of April 2) 65SK9000PUA $2,199.99 (available week of March 12) 55-inch class (54.6 inches diagonal) 55SK8000PUA 55-inch class (54.6 inches diagonal) $1,199.99 (available week of April 2) 55SK9000PUA $1,599.99 (available week of March 12) 49-inch class (48.5 inches diagonal) 49SK8000PUA $999.99 (available week of May 7) LG's 2018 LG OLED and LG SUPER UHD TVs with AI ThinQ will be available at retailers nationwide. For more information on LG TVs, please visit www.lg.com.
  13. We don't have any official LG press release information but just yesterday, two articles surfaced online about Samsung and LG battling it out with their TV operating systems. Samsung with Tizen 4.0 and LG with webOS 4.0. Not sure if this just stems from overzealous writers, but CES is just around the corner on January 9th - 12th, and that is where LG usually announces something. If you recall, this is where we learned about upcoming webOS releases. So is webOS 4.0 coming out? if you read these articles, you would thinks so.. http://english.etnews.com/20171226200003 http://www.avcesar.com/actu/id-23537/ces-18-smart-tv-samsung-tizen-40-et-lg-webos-40-objectif-smart-home.html Keep an eye out for leaked information ahead of CES. We don't know for sure at this point, and we can only assume webOS 4.0 is coming.
  14. 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.
  15. Topic moved to LGwebOS Smart TV Discussion forum
  16. Did you buy a Firesale HP Touchpad? Share the details... Thankfully, I was able to get one myself, but it took a few tries and ordering it on the HP Business site. By the time I checked all the retailer, they were gone! Snagged a 16GB for $99! I hope you grabbed one also...
  17. STERLING, Va., January 4, 2018 (Newswire.com) - Mvix, a leading provider of content-rich digital signage software and solutions, announced the expansion of their device-agnostic platform to include support for LG SoC signage screens. "We couldn't be more excited to announce the release of Mvix for LG webOS," said A. Jay, the Mvix Senior Director of Business Relations."We're big on shifting focus to choice of CMS, support structure, and business model, and LG's SoC displays empower us to do just that." The device-agnostic platform, called Mvix Flex, also includes support for Chrome OS and Android. Mvix Flex gives customers the same Mvix experience on commercial LG SoC displays without the need for an external media player. Customers get the full Mvix experience, in addition to: live video playback, including HDCP encrypted content - any HDMI Input video that is encoded using HDCP, including live TV, will be supported and displayed on the screens remote volume control remote control of the signage screens - by default, screens are set to display content 24/7, but Mvix for LG webOS allows you to remotely turn the screens on and off. This is a feature that's available on Mvix signage players (see it here) that has been extended to webOS support for RTSP (rtsp://), popular in AV for live streaming These features, unique to Mvix for LG webOS, allow the company to deliver a powerful, reliable and secure platform for the signage market. Customers also get a simplified installation and a low total cost of ownership. Such a solution will: reduce maintenance costs minimize points of failure save physical space reduce energy consumption Mvix also released a second webOS solution called Mvix Xpress. Ideal for building directories and menu boards, this solution puts the content creation software SignageCreator on LG displays. The software includes 1000s of templates which can be edited, customized and published remotely. The simple content creation suite includes animations, slideshows, overlapping layers and scrolling text. "Just like with Mvix for Chrome OS, Mvix for LG webOS allows us to expand our ecosystem into international markets," added A. Jay. "LG SoC displays are readily available in Europe and Asia, eliminating the need for shipping and customs. Getting up and running is as easy as downloading the Mvix app and signing in with existing account credentials." Mvix is offering an introductory 90-day free trial of Mvix for LG webOS. To sign up, visit flex.mvixdigitalsignage.com/lg-digital-signage or contact Mvix at [email protected] About Mvix At Mvix, our love for technology drives who we are and what we do. For over a decade, we have been a leading provider of content-rich digital signage software and solutions that connect brands with people. To date, our platform powers over 50,000 active screens for clients including Virginia Tech, NASA, Sodexo, Discovery Channel, TravelCenters of America, and the University of Washington in a variety of applications that include employee communication, wayfinding, emergency messaging, and customer communications. Learn more about Mvix at www.mvixdigitalsignage.com, or give us a call at 703.382.1739.
  18. Samsung has made fridges with touchscreens before. LG has made fridges with doors that turn transparent to show you the inside. This year at CES 2018, those two ideas are finally merging into one with LG’s new InstaView ThinQ smart refrigerator, which features a 29-inch touchscreen that becomes transparent if users knock on it twice. LG actually tried this two years ago, with a version called the Smart InstaView Door-in-Door that ran a full version of Windows 10, but it’s not clear that the company ever shipped the Windows version. This version uses the touchscreen to manage your food using LG’s webOS software and Amazon’s Alexa, which will let you tag food with virtual stickers and expiration dates and get automatic reminders when things are running low or about to go bad. There’s also a wide-angle panoramic camera on the inside of the fridge that will let you remotely view your fridge while you’re out and about to check and see if you’re actually out of milk or not. Unfortunately, the only image that LG has shared showing the fridge is a low-resolution shot on its YouTube page banner, but it seems that you’ll be able to still use the screen while it’s translucent, allowing you to tag food directly in a vaguely augmented reality-esque move. LG is also touting how all of its ThinQ kitchen gadgets can talk to each other to make kitchen tasks easier. So your ThinQ fridge can talk to your EasyClean oven, which will help you cook food through step-by-step instructions from the recipe app from your fridge. Then, your EasyClean oven can notify your QuadWash dishwasher about the kind of meal you cooked, so it can more efficiently select a wash cycle for that dish. Of course, all this requires spending thousands of dollars replacing every appliance in your kitchen (and if this all works as well as LG claims it does), but it’s still an intriguing vision of a Jetsons-like future utopia. No price or release date for the InstaView ThinQ refrigerator or any of LG’s other new appliances have yet been announced. Source: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/1/7/16860260/lg-instaview-thinq-smart-refrigerator-webos-alexa-home-ces-2018
  19. LG has unveiled a new model in its projector lineup ahead of CES 2018. The LG 4K UHD projector with model number HU80KA is the first such device by the company in the segment but is unlike most of its competitors. The South Korean company claims that the new projector is almost half the size of its 4K rivals in the market, and is able to project a 150-inch display apart from supporting HDR video. While most 4K projectors currently in the market are heavy and expensive, LG has pitched the 4K UHD projector as an "affordable yet premium device". In the new 4K UHD projector, LG claims the brightness reaches up to at 2,500 lumens that makes it the brightest projector from the company until now. Apart from the 4K resolution, LG provides HDR video support with HDR10. LG says the HU80KA projector will work well regardless of where and how you put it in the room. The projector's portability and upright design have been attributed to the mirrorless L-shaped engine which allows the projector to be positioned on the floor, mounted to the wall, or hung from the ceiling. The LG HU80KA projector can play media via a USB drive, that also enables users to connect an external keyboard and mouse. When it comes to sound, LG has placed two 7-watt speakers in the projector but it can be connected to external speakers or soundbars. Other audio output options include optical, HDMI, and Bluetooth. The LG 4K UHD projector runs webOS which means that most of the big streaming apps will be integrated out of the box. LG has not revealed the price and availability details regarding the HU80KA projector as of now. LG will put the whole 2018 projector series on display at the Consumer Electronics Show to be held in Las Vegas. LG will also showcase the latest version of its portable MiniBeam Projector (model PF50K), featuring webOS 3.5 and Full HD resolution. Source: https://gadgets.ndtv.com/tv/news/lg-4k-uhd-projector-hu80ka-launch-ces-2018-1796403
  20. SEOUL, Jan. 3, 2018 — At CES 2018, LG Electronics (LG) will raise the home entertainment experience to another level with the introduction of ThinQ® artificial intelligence (AI) and an advanced image processor in its newest OLED and SUPER UHD TVs. ThinQ allows the implementation of hundreds of voice requests utilizing the company’s own open smart platform as well as third-party AI services. With AI functionality embedded in their TVs, LG customers can speak directly into the remote control to enjoy all the convenient features of today’s advanced voice assistant technology. LG’s ThinQ TVs also function as smart home hubs, offering access to other smart home products such as robotic vacuum cleaners, air conditioners, air purifiers, smart lights, smart speakers and many other devices that can connect to the TV via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. And with LG’s newest α (Alpha) 9 processor powering the company’s market-leading OLED TVs, viewers will experience further improvements in what many already consider to be the best TV picture quality. LG Nano CellTM SUPER UHD TVs employ Full-Array Local Dimming (FALD) backlighting to provide deeper blacks and enhanced colors, as well as nuanced shadow details for life-like images. Transforming Modern Lifestyle Through Intelligence LG’s ThinQ offers an enhanced interactive experience in the company’s newest smart TV lineup, including OLED and SUPER UHD TV models by employing Natural Language Processing (NLP) to deliver intelligent voice-activated control and connectivity based on LG’s own deep learning technology, DeepThinQ. With a dramatically streamlined setup process, viewers can easily and quickly connect to gaming consoles and external soundbars. Users can search for information, images or videos featuring specific content by making a verbal request through the TV’s remote control such as “show me all the movies this actor has starred in” or “show me yoga videos”. LG TVs with ThinQ AI supports services based on Electronic Program Guide (EPG) to deliver information in real time or change to a channel that offers the content requested. Instruct the TV to “search for the soundtrack of this movie” or “turn off the TV when this program is over” without repeating the name of the program or entering a specific time. What’s more, customers in certain countries will be able to utilize the Google Assistant to control smart home devices such as lights or activate third-party services. Picture Quality Close to Perfection LG’s newest α (Alpha) 9 intelligent processor provides true-to-life images with incredibly rich colors, sharpness and depth for more realism. A core innovative element of the α (Alpha) 9 is the four-step process of noise reduction, which boasts twice as many steps compared to conventional techniques. This algorithm allows for greater finesse in noise reduction, improving the clarity of images affected by distracting artifacts and enabling more effective rendering of smooth gradations. The processor also improves color performance, thanks to the advanced mapping capabilities make colors look closer than ever to the original content. The improved color correction algorithm allows for more natural colors by expanding the reference color coordinates seven-fold compared to before. α (Alpha) 9 is designed to support high frame rate (HFR) for producing smoother and clearer motion images at 120 frames per second for better rendering of fast-action content such as sports and action movies. As a result of the new image processor, 2018 LG OLED TVs can display any content at maximum quality for a truly spectacular viewing experience. Maximizing Nano Cell with FALD Backlight and α (Alpha) 7 In 2017, LG made a significant achievement toward its highly ambitious vision for producing the ultimate LCD TV picture through its Nano Cell SUPER UHD TVs. By combining Nano Cell, FALD backlighting and the α (Alpha) 7 processor, LG’s 2018 SUPER UHD TV offers a host of technological advantages including deeper blacks, enhanced image rendering, improved shadow details and accurate color from wide viewing angles. This year’s SUPER UHD TV with FALD allows for denser backlighting zones throughout the display, contrary to edge-lighting where backlights are positioned on the edges behind the TV panel. LG’s technology improves black levels and picture dimensions by independent control of LED light zones, improving shadow details and reducing light bleeding resulting in enhanced contrast and superb picture quality. Best Possible 4K Cinema HDR Experience 2018 OLED and SUPER UHD TVs from LG feature 4K Cinema HDR, which introduces a truly cinematic experience to the home, regardless of the format. LG’s 2018 OLED and SUPER UHD TVs add support for Advanced HDR by Technicolor, building on a legacy of supporting most major HDR formats, from the superior viewing experience of Dolby VisionTM to HDR10 and HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma). LG’s 2018 OLED and SUPER UHD TVs process HDR images dynamically frame by frame using LG’s proprietary algorithm, Enhanced Dynamic Tone mapping. Both 2018 OLED TVs and SUPER UHD TVs come with Dolby Atmos object-based surround sound for the best audio-visual experience possible. “LG is continually seeking to innovate in home entertainment and LG ThinQ along with the α (Alpha) 9 processor will deliver a TV viewing experience that is unrivaled in the industry,” said Brian Kwon, president of LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “At LG, our interest is in improving user lifestyles and convenience, which our 2018 TVs amply deliver.” Visitors to CES can experience LG’s TVs of the future for themselves at booth #11100 in Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
  21. Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/lg-tv-catalog-2018-heres-every-lg-tv-coming-in-2018 2018 is kicking off to a great start - well, at least for TV lovers it is: LG has announced its entire line-up of TVs for the new year well ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018) that will start on Monday, January 8. Like last year, the 2018 line-up of LG TVs consists of OLED TVs at the high end, Super UHD TVs - which have a lot of the same components as the OLED TVs, but lack the main OLED panel - in the middle, and then traditional 4K TVs and finally FHD screens at the bottom. While CES will still be the place to catch all of the TVs in action, we thought it might be beneficial for most folks to see the entire line-up on paper, from the high-end OLEDs to the entry-level FHD TVs in one long piece. It’s worth noting that a lot of the specs listed below could potentially change as we get closer to the retail release of these screens (March, April and May of this year), but for the most part the specs you see here should be the components that make it in the final product. LG 2018 TV technology All this information listed below comes directly from LG - the South Korean manufacturer offered a first look at future-facing technologies for some journalists attending CES 2018. While LG kept its CES pre-briefing … well, brief, we were able to get some decent insight on what the next-generation technology of LG TVs will look like. The biggest change for the high-end screens (the OLED line-up) is the switch from the M16+ processor to something LG is calling the “Alpha 9” processor. The Alpha 9 silicon upgrade promises a 35% boost in CPU and GPU speeds which equates to smoother motion handling, object-based contrast and a technology called True Color Accuracy Pro. True Color Accuracy Pro replaces last year’s True Color Accuracy technology that, according to LG’s internal tests, provides 7.3 times the amount of data points for color. Now, because LG still plans on using 10-bit panels, there might not be a massive difference between the resulting images … but we’ll need to see them for ourselves before we can make a judgment call on how much an increase to Look Up Table (LUT) size impacts overall picture quality. Interestingly, LG is also touting High Frame Rate (HFR, 120/4K) through broadcasts and streaming as well. An LG representative said the TVs won’t come equipped with HDMI 2.1 ports (the spec wasn’t finalized in time) but the TV should be able to do 120/4K via streaming websites like Netflix, YouTube, BBC, FOX Sports and Amazon and broadcasts … when broadcasters start putting out 4K HFR signal. The other new addition to LG TVs in 2018 will be Google Assistant, which will now be integrated into webOS. Google Assistant on webOS will be capable of switching inputs via your voice, as well as change the channel and answer basic inquiries. LG OLED 2018 Models LG OLED W8 (available in 77- and 65-inch sizes): At the head of the proverbial table sits the LG OLED W8 - an incremental upgrade on 2017’s Signature Series W7 OLED. According to LG, it will feature a similar “picture-on-wall” design that the W7 had last year, in addition to a new “Alpha 9” processor, 4K Cinema HDR and High Frame Rate (HFR). Also, expect a 60-watt 4.2 Dolby Atmos soundbar and Google Assistant integration in webOS. LG OLED E8 (available in 65- and 55-inch sizes): While LG did mention that G-series of OLED TVs would make an appearance at CES, it wasn’t part of our briefing. Instead, we got the details on the successor to the E7. According to the specs, the E8 will be almost identical to the W7, but will instead have a traditional chassis in lieu of the picture frame-esque visage of the W8. LG OLED C8 (available in 77-, 65- and 55-inch sizes): The LG OLED C7 was one of our favorite TVs of 2017 as it nearly perfectly balanced performance and price. The 2018 C8 OLED will have much of what made the C7 so great but, like the W8/E8, include the new next-gen processor. There will also be the 2.2 soundbar attached like last year. LG OLED B8 (available in 65- and 55-inch sizes): The biggest disappointment of LG’s 2018 line-up, in our early opinion at least, is the new B8. Instead of getting the new Alpha 9 processor like its peers, the B8 is getting something that LG referred to as its 'Next-Gen 2' processor. The difference isn’t entirely clear, but according to the information given to us, it could mean that pictures won’t look as sharp or as vibrant as they will on the C8, E8 and W8 TVs. That being said, it will come with a 2.2 soundbar and webOS with Google Assistant LG Super UHD 2018 Models SK9500 (available in 65- and 55-inch sizes): The top Super UHD TV of 2018 will be the SK9500. This series of flagship Super UHD screens will use Nano Cell display technology with full array local dimming - which should offer significant increases to black levels - and will be powered by the Next-Gen 2 processor. The TV will support Dolby Atmos - but it won’t ship with a Dolby Atmos soundbar like the W8 or E8 OLED. SK8500 (available in 65- and 55-inch sizes): One step under the SK9500 is the SK8500. It too has full array local dimming, the Next-Gen 2 processor and Dolby Atmos on-board, but it will offer slightly less lighting control than the SK9500. SK8000 (available in 75-, 65- and 55-inch sizes): The SK8000 is the poor man’s SK9500. It’s still offering the Next-Gen 2 processor and Dolby Atmos, but the panel drops full array local dimming for simple local dimming. Fewer zones means even less lighting control. LG UHD 2018 Models UK7700 (available in 65-, 55- and 49-inch sizes): The best UHD TV from LG this year is the UK7700. While it doesn’t have the OLED or FALD panel that the series above it has, it’s not all bad news for the UK7700 and its ilk. The good news is that these screens offer 4K with Active HDR and Ultra Surround sound. They only use the Next-Gen 3 processor, though, and that could spell trouble for motion, clarity and vibrancy. UK6500/70 (available in 86-, 70- and 70-, plus 65-, 55-, 50- and 43-inch sizes):The most common LG TV of 2018 is going to be the LG UK6500/70. It’s available in the most screen sizes from a monstrous 86-inch to a still-appeasing 43-inch, and it comes with middling, but-still-decent technology. Namely, that technology will include webOS with Google Assistant, 4K Active HDR, a 4K IPS panel and, again, the Next-Gen 3 processor. UK6300 (available in 65-, 55-, 50-, 49- and 43-inch sizes): The last 4K TV in LG’s 2018 line-up is the UK6300. On paper, it’s close to the UK6500 in nearly every way, but it will have a slight variation with its 4K IPS panel. That said, we expect it to be dirt cheap. LG FHD 2018 Models LK5400 (available in 49-, 43- and 32H sizes): It might not be 4K, but the LK5400 is the last TV in LG’s 2018 catalog to offer HDR - which can make a surprising difference in FHD TVs. The LK5400 doesn’t offer any of the Next-Gen processors, and instead opts for a generic quad-core processor and LG’s Virtual Surround Plus instead of Atmos. LJ5100 (available only in 49-inches): The medium-sized LG5100 only offers a dual-core processor, really. There’s no HDR, no smart TV functionality and drops Virtual Surround Plus for Clear Voice, LG’s lowest-end audio technology. LJ5000 (available in 43- and 32-inches): Last but not least is the LJ5000. It’s more or less the LJ5100 but in a smaller size. That’s it! The entire LG TV line-up for 2018. We’ll grab as many hands on experiences as we can with LG’s line-up at CES 2018 when it kicks off next week, but this should give you some ideas for which screens might be underneath your tree this time next year.
  22. From the Verge: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/1/2/16842496/lg-2018-oled-super-uhd-tvs-google-assistant LG is getting ready to announce its lineup of new OLED TVs at CES this year (including a monstrous 88-inch 8K panel), and as a tide-me-over, the company has announced that its new TVs this year are getting Google Assistant. In the past, LG has shipped its TVs with a webOS-based operating system that included the company’s own voice assistant, but the company is taking things a step further by including Google Assistant on its OLED and “Super UHD” LCD displays under its “ThinQ” artificial intelligence branding (shared by LG’s recently announced Google-powered smart speaker). TWO DIGITAL ASSISTANTS ARE BETTER THAN ONE, RIGHT? LG’s integrated assistant strategy seems to be two-fold. You’ll be able to use the ThinQ AI for more contextual, TV-specific tasks, like asking to “search for the soundtrack of this movie” or “turn off the TV when this program is over.” But users in some countries (LG hasn’t yet specified which ones) will also have access to Google Assistant on top of that for controlling smart home devices or accessing anything else Google Assistant can do. LG also says that its ThinQ AI TVs will be able to serve as a central smart home hub, too. The TVs will likely still run webOS underneath these new ThinQ features. Alongside its updated ThinQ AI initiatives, LG is also introducing a new image processor on its upcoming TVs, the Alpha 9, which the company claims will allow for improved noise reduction and better color performance, and offer support for 120 fps high frame rate (HFR) content.
  23. From Digital Trends: https://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/lg-2018-tv-lineup-8k-oled-4k-oled-led-tv/ With its monstrous 88-inch 8K OLED still sweeping headlines, LG has formally announced its full TV line for the new year, just a few days ahead of CES 2018. The lineup will see the return of the “Wallpaper” OLED, which garnered significant attention and critical acclaim last year, along with three other OLED models and a full suite of LG Super UHD LED televisions. The common thread throughout most of LG’s 2018 TV line are significantly faster processors for better picture quality and overall performance and the addition of Google Assistant to the company’s smart TV platform, webOS. Though processing may not be the most exciting discussion point for new TVs, it’s certainly one of the most important aspects pertaining to picture quality. Picture processing is what separates the good from the great and, sometimes, the decent from the deplorable. LG’s new a9 intelligent processor will mean better color rendering and super fast smart TV operation for LG W8, E8, and C8 OLED TV owners, and a slightly scaled-down version will run the B8 OLED and LG’s Super UHD TV line. Also along the smart TV vein is the addition of Google Assistant, which will take over for any voice inquiries that webOS can’t handle. In 2018 you will be able to use normal language to tell your TV to turn itself off when the show you are watching is over, or change the channel to a specific network, but with the addition of Google Assistant, you could also order a pizza, call an Uber, view Google Photos, and check traffic through Google maps. The new TVs will also be addressable through other Google Assistant products like the Home and Home Mini speakers. LG says that its TVs will also be compatible with Amazon’s Alexa. While LG’s 4K OLED lineup will look similar to last year’s models, the company’s Super UHD LED TV line is seeing some improvements which should have significant positive impact on picture quality. Most notably, LG is moving to use full-array local dimming backlights in the top two series and is touting an improved “nano cell” IPS display technology which not only reduces glare and reflections, but considerably improves off-angle color performance. As for HDR, LG will continue its pledge to support most (but not all) HDR formats, with Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, and Advanced HDR by Technicolor all available in OLED and Super UHD TVs. HDR10+ is not supported this year and it isn’t clear if LG ever will support it. Finally, 2018 sees the addition of high frame rate (HFR) enabling native playback of content at 120 frames per second (fps). Currently, there’s not much in the way of 120 fps 4K video, but some Hollywood types see it as a natural progression away from the 24 fps we’re used to seeing in film, and LG appears to be getting on board with the idea early. It’s important to note, however, that none of LG’s 2018 TVs support HDMI 2.1, so 120 fps for game consoles won’t be possible with any of these models — 120 fps content will only be available via streaming. Here’s how LG’s OLED TV line looks broken down by series, features, and screen sizes: Series/Model number W8 “Wallpaper” E8 C8 B8 Panel OLED OLED OLED OLED HDR/HFR 4K Cinema HDR + 4K HFR 4K Cinema HDR + 4K HFR 4K Cinema HDR + 4K HFR 4K Cinema HDR or 4K HFR Sound Dolby Atmos 60-watt 4.2 channel Dolby Atmos 60-watt 4.2 channel Dolby Atmos 40-watt 2.2 channel Dolby Atmos 40-watt 2.2 channel Design Picture-on-Wall Picture-on-Glass Blade Slim Blade Slim Smart webOS with Google Assistant webOS with Google Assistant webOS with Google Assistant webOS with Google Assistant Sizes 65- and 77-inch 55- and 65-inch 55-, 65-, and 77-inch 55- and 65-inch Along the same lines, here’s what LG’s premium Super UHD LED TV line will look like in 2018: Series/Model number SK9500 SK8500 SK8000 Panel Nano Cell Display Nano Cell Display Nano Cell Display Dimming Full Array Dimming Pro Full Array Dimming Local Dimming HDR/HFR 4K Cinema HDR or 4K HFR 4K Cinema HDR or 4K HFR 4K Cinema HDR or 4K HFR Sound Dolby Atmos processing Dolby Atmos processing Dolby Atmos processing Smart webOS with Google Assistant webOS with Google Assistant webOS with Google Assistant Sizes 55- and 65-inch 55- and 65-inch 55-, 65-, and 75-inch Finally, here’s the balance of LG 4K TV offerings: Series/Model Number UK7700 UK6500/70 UK6300 Panel 4K IPS with Nano Cell 4K IPS 4K IPS Dimming Local dimming Local Dimming on 55-,65-,70-inch Local dimming on 55- and 65-inch HDR 4K Active HDR 4K Active HDR 4K Active HDR Sound Ultra Surround Ultra Surround Ultra Surround Smart webOS with Google Assistant webOS with Google Assistan webOS with Google Assistan Big Screen Sizes N/A 70-,75-,and 86-inch N/A Sizes 49-,55-, and 65-inch 43-,50-,55-, and 65-inch 43-,49-,50-,55-, 65-inch That’s it for our LG 2018 TV overview. Be sure to bookmark this article and check back next week when we’ll be updating this post with live, hands-on video of all the new models, including that 88-inch 8K OLED TV.
  24. We don't know until LG comes out with more information, which will probably be next week at CES.
  25. Translated to English via Google Translate from https://www.ettoday.net/news/20180102/1084276.htm On the eve of the CES, LG Electronics, a technology leader in home appliance products, preemptively released a number of products including the latest 88-inch 8K TV before the launch of CES 2018, but due to the OLED panel The TV has become the world's largest 88-inch 8K OLED TV, is expected to be equipped with the latest WebOS system. LG Electronics' biggest rival, Samsung Electronics, introduced an upgraded version of its quantum dot technology on the new TV product line during CES 2017 and slammed it into the new series of QLED TVs with a 98-inch 8K resolution top-of-the- Press exhibition of the first-line TV brand. From a price point of view, LG's OLED TV is still not Samsung's QLED okay to the United States sold LG 77-inch 4K OLED, for example, priced at 20,000 US dollars, but Samsung's 88-inch 4K QLED TV is also 20,000 US dollars. Perhaps in order to still color, LG Electronics once again pushed its OLED panel technology, the first in the eve of CES 2018 launched 8K resolution OLED TV, and the size will be the world's largest 88-inch, related products, technical details and characteristics Without further explanation, LG has already forecasted that the product will be on display during CES 2018, and further news may be released at that time.