LG has become the first company in the Smart TV realm to provide a free upgrade of the WebOS 2.0 on the TVs running its earlier version. As per the business’ statement, owners of the Smart TVs sold in the year 2014 will be getting a WebOS 2.0 upgrade without shedding even a single penny. Owners will be notified for the update on September 21st. LG’s 2014 Smart TV series that will receive the update are: LB6300, LB6500, LB7100, LB7200, UB8500, UB9200, UB9300, UB9500, UB9800, EC9300, EC9700 and EG9700.
The new update is going to improve the boot time, will add new features, shortcuts and tweaks. An ability to add new TV channels directly to the launcher bar is also an added feature of the new update. As per the company’s metrics the new OS is 1.5 times faster than the existing WebOS 1.0 – Certainly, speed is one of the most appraised improvements in the WebOS 2.0.
Another statistic report stated that the rate of WebOS performance doubles for the 2015 TVs with a total score of 3x. These next-generation 2015 TVs have better hardware and compatible firmware to enhance the performance and have an advantage over the previous generation TVs.
Apart from that, one major upgrade coming to the select LG 2014 and 2015 TVs is the availability of the DirecTV app, allowing the users to watch the programs on their existing subscription without an external box. Also, DirecTV Genie HD DVR subscribers will receive full DVR access and those with the 4K TVs will be getting a full access to the 4K videos, movies, and TV shows.
Other than this, LG is also going to add two new apps of iHeartRadio and Rdio as a part of the WebOS 2.0 upgrade – All for free.
By introducing the update, LG has probably become the first company to introduce updates for the Smart TVs.
On the other hand, we also have Samsung providing updates with a purchase of additional hardware coming with the high-end TVs priced in between $200 – $400. Samsung offers Evolution Kit and OneConnect Boxes for such upgrades. Comparing the two on the availability of apps, then Samsung also has its TVs equipped with the DirecTV Ready app with the 4K version.