Life has been nothing short of a rollercoaster for WebOS. Last year it was acquired from HP by LG and the Korean giant made its intention of using the software in its smart TVs public. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show back in January we did see LG smart TVs powered by WebOS. The company is now detailing its plans for the future. It says that a major upgrade for WebOS is on the cards for next year, and that all 2015 smart TVs will come with it baked in.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, senior vice president of LG’s TV business Lee In-kyu said that all of LG’s high end smart TVs will run webOS next year. The company believes this platform will give it a leg up on rival Samsung, which is believed to be developing or searching for a permanent platform for smart TVs. Samsung is reportedly considering expanding homegrown Tizen OS to TVs as well.
LG also has plans to extend the usability of this platform to other consumer electronic devices most likely to be used in a home. It will give the platform a different name every time there’s a new release, Lee said, the version running on existing LG smart TVs is called Afro, after the popular ’70s hairstyle.
The company didn’t reveal exactly when it will show off the next major WebOS update and when exactly customers can expect smart TVs powered by it in the market next year. Looks like LG is sticking with the platform for now and not dumping it in favor of Android TV.