Discover webOS TV
Let's start by getting to know the webOS TV System UI.
webOS TV System UI
How will users access apps on LG Smart+ TVs, how will they launch them, switch between them, etc.?
It is important for you to understand how the webOS TV system UI manages apps on LG Smart+ TVs, so you can create your apps appropriately. The core webOS TV system UI consists of the Home, the Launcher, and the Recents.
|SMART HOME||The Smart Home allows users to access, and launch their favorite apps or input devices. It also allows the user to access the currently running app, and use the Today app to get recommendations and search among other things.|
|LAUNCHER||The Launcher allows users to access, launch, and manage all sources including apps, and input devices.|
|RECENTS||Allows users to quickly switch between open apps and input devices.|
To learn more about the Recents UI, see Overview of System UI.
webOS TV Under the Hood
This section provides a high level overview of webOS TV, and the possibilities. It will help you determine the best solution for your business needs.
webOS TV System Components
webOS TV is based on Linux.
The System Bus is a channel through which apps communicate with the API services available on webOS TV. In the diagram above, App Manager, Media etc. are examples of webOS API Services that apps can access through the webOS TV System Bus. Apps can also access custom API services (provided by 3rd party developers) through the System Bus.
Web apps for webOS TV:
- Are typically optimized for larger displays
- Are designed for a lean-back experience vs. the lean-forward for web apps used on a mobile device
- Are packaged to run on the LG Smart+ TV
- Typically reside on the LG Smart+ TV, execute inside a web runtime environment, and have most of the resources they need to run successfully on the TV
- Can reside on a remote server, execute inside a web runtime environment, can be updated at anytime without having to worry about pushing updates to the TV, and will require connectivity to the web server to run successfully
There are two types of web apps you can build for webOS TV:
- Packaged web apps: Packaged web apps reside on the TV. Packaged web apps have most of the resources they need to work successfully, available on the TV.
To learn more about web apps for webOS TV, see App Development.
The Enyo Moonstone TV UI Library
To learn more about the Enyo App Framework, see Enyojs.com.
Connect SDK is an open source framework (developed by LG) that connects mobile apps to multiple TV platforms. Connect SDK enables webOS TV apps to be promoted through the mobile apps using Connect SDK. To learn more about Connect SDK, see ConnectSDK.com.