LG unveils upgraded smart TV platform with new voice controls

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Las Vegas: The world's first rollable OLED TVs from LG Electronics are on display at the tech firm's booth for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 7, 2019. The company touts the product for freeing up space by no longer requiring room to be set aside full time for TVs.(Yonhap/IANS)
Las Vegas: The world's first rollable OLED TVs from LG Electronics are on display at the tech firm's booth for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 7, 2019. The company touts the product for freeing up space by no longer requiring room to be set aside full time for TVs.(Yonhap/IANS)

LG Electronics has unveiled its upgraded smart TV platform that will be used for its 2021 TV models as the South Korean tech company eyes to improve its software capabilities.

LG, the world’s second-largest TV maker, said the webOS 6.0 will run on its 2021 TV sets including OLED, QNED Mini LED and NanoCell TVs, and will feature enhanced voice controls and user-friendly interface.

The latest smart TV system will have a new design of a home screen that will allow users to easily access apps and content.

Its Magic Remote function offers simpler voice commands for artificial intelligence (AI) or Internet of Things (IoT) platforms, including Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, according to LG.

The platform includes the Next Picks feature that analyses viewers’ preferences to show more content suited to their tastes, reports Yonhap news agency.

“The latest version of our user-friendly open TV platform webOS 6.0 represents the most significant update since we first introduced webOS in 2014,” said Park Hyoung-sei, who leads the LG Home Entertainment business division.

LG shipped a total of 30 million units of TVs last year and 90 percent of them were smart TVs.

The company on Thursday announced it acquired US-based TV data analysis startup Alphonso to bolster its software and service capabilities in the TV business.

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