LG’s new TVs will get four years of WebOS updates

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One of the interesting announcements from LG’s big TV launch this week is that the company is committing to delivering better software support for its televisions.

In previous models, the version of WebOS that runs on the TV has been stuck in time, with no option to update to newer, better versions.

Tony Brown, Marketing Manager for Home Entertainment at LG Electronics Australia, outlined the new LG Re:New program at the launch:

“If you buy any of these 2024 TVs this year, for the next four years (so five years in total) we will upgrade the WebOS operating system of your TV for free. So if there’s a security patch that’s made, if there’s an upgrade to the way the system works, if these quick cards get more content in them, if the design slightly changes or if something is improved in next year’s model and you bought tv this year we will bring that to your TV.”

Tony Brown, Marketing Manager for Home Entertainment at LG Electronics Australia

We’ve seen these types of commitments becoming increasingly common in the smartphone world, with Google and Samsung in particular committing to a number of years of software updates.

It’s not just the 2024 models that will enjoy the updates either. Brown confirmed that it will also be available for 2022 and 2023 model screens, but models older than that just don’t have processors or enough on-board memory to offer the updates.

For a clearer breakdown of supported models, there’s this footnote in the press release:

The webOS Re:New Program supports upgrades over five years.  Features are subject to change and some features, application and service updates may vary by model.  LG webOS Re:New program applies to all 2023 UHD, OLED and QNED models, 2022 LG OLED models (B2/C2/G2),LG OLED Flex, LG OLED Objet Collection Pose, 2022 LG QNED Mini LED 8K (QNED99/95 series). 

It’s a good step forward, and makes it easier to buy an LG TV knowing the software won’t be obsolete in a couple of years.

[LG]

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