Arms-on with LG’s sensible TV operating webOS (video)
Since LG knowledgeable the world that webOS is coming to 70 % of its sensible TVs this yr, naturally we have been eager to take it for a spin. So, once they provided to allow us to take it for a spin, and have Director of Product Administration Colin Zhao and Head of Product Administration and Design Itai Vonshak stroll us via the brand new UI, we jumped on the probability. And, not solely did we get to see it in motion, we additionally discovered a bit concerning the philosophy behind LG’s transfer to webOS on the large display.
For people considering LG’s model of webOS may favor its prior cellular implementation, assume once more. Whereas the underpinnings are the identical, the cardboard-based mostly UI has been ditched — in line with Vonshak “content material is king on the tv, and we did not need to pull the consumer out of the viewing expertise” by dumping them into an all-card view. Whenever you hit the house button on the distant, you are greeted by a rail of parallelogram-formed colourful icons on the backside of the display overlaid on prime of no matter you are watching. These icons embrace a At this time suggestion engine (offered by an unnamed third celebration) that exhibits content material widespread with the viewing public, plus any and all content material sources obtainable to the TV, be it on-line video, localized media, stay TV, gaming console or media streamer. Naturally, Netflix is pink, Hulu is inexperienced, Roku is purple and so forth. As you will see in our video under, navigate the menu to the left and also you’re greeted by panes that present your viewing historical past. Slide to the fitting inside the menu and you will see the remainder of your video sources that could not match on the house display. Talking of, that house display comes with a preselected set of apps, however it’s utterly customizable by the consumer.
Navigating among the many icons is quick and straightforward, and the LG TV swapped sources with out problem. “We needed to deal with the online like a primary-class, not second-class citizen,” stated Zhao. The purpose is to offer an equally fulfilling consumer expertise no matter the place content material comes from — and from our restricted demo time, we might say that LG is heading in the right direction. This seamless and easy switching amongst content material is likely one of the three guiding rules in designing the UI. Together with switching, setup and discovery are the opposite two.
We already talked about the At present suggestion engine, and it’s the most important approach that LG’s discovery precept has taken type, nevertheless it’s not the one technique for discovery. When hovering over the icons for numerous streaming providers, the display routinely populates screenshots from in style content material they supply — rolling over Netflix, for instance, induced an image of the forged of Home of Playing cards to fill the display.
LG has taken an fascinating strategy in serving to clients arrange its new sensible units — it is trying to make the method entertaining. To take action, LG created a collection of cute cartoon shorts that includes a bit black avian character referred to as Beam Fowl. The system alternates between screens for establishing WiFi connections and streaming accounts and the aforementioned shorts. Whereas we solely acquired to witness a video reduce collectively displaying the method, we think about that the cartoons will certainly attraction to many. And even for people who aren’t tremendous eager on the thought, Vonshak assured us that the chook will solely seem at setup, they usually’ve stored the cartoons brief sufficient to keep away from consumer fatigue: “We did not need Beam Fowl to show into Clippy.”
We did not get to spend an incredible period of time utilizing this new model of webOS, however we did see sufficient to say that Zhao and Vonshak are undoubtedly heading in the right direction. In truth, we might say it is one of the best sensible TV UI we have ever used.