LG today revealed its 2013 lineup of Smart TVs, which feature an improved Magic Remote, expanded apps, and voice control and search.
Demonstrated at the event was LG’s impressive lineup of apps in its app store, which included local apps such as Timeout Dubai, ADMCsport.com, Alaan TV, Zawya, Roya TV, LBC, City 7, CNBC Arabia, Shoof AL Kass, eTarab, Ikbis, AnaZahra, DMTV, Sports360 as well as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Also discussed at the event was LG’s own ‘Smart Cloud’, which offered consumers up to 5GB of free space to upload photos and videos directly from their TVs (additional space will be available for a fee).
The new models also feature voice control via the update Magic Remote, so consumers can input several voice commands to search for content on their TV or on the web, or perform commands such as changing channels or adjusting the volume etc. The models also feature Smart Sharing, which allows quick transfer of content from mobile devices through NFC.
LG reported a satisfactory result for 2012 for the sale of Smart TVs, despite a market that has slowed down slightly.
PRESS RELEASE: Dubai, April 16, 2013 – LG Electronics (LG), a global leader and technology innovator, today unveiled its new SMART TV lineup at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dubai. The 2013 SMART TV lineup offers easier content access and sharing along with an updated Magic Remote for a simplified, intuitive user experience (UX).
LG’s flagship model, the 55-inch LA 8600 offers the very definition of Smart Control with its enhanced Smart Home Interface which allow users to easily access their favourite programs, premium and local content . The Magic Remote has been redesigned to fine-tune content and menu navigation, making interaction as simple and intuitive as possible. The device incorporates the fundamental control capabilities of Magic Remotes – point, wheel, gesture and voice recognition. LG’s Smart Control with Magic Remote is like no other system, enabling users to experiment and discover the most comfortable way to enjoy their LG Smart TV.
The enhanced SmartShareTM feature offers users the ability to mirror or transfer content from smart devices to LG Smart TVs via a multitude of connectivity options, including WiDi andMiracast. The 2013 lineup will enhance inter-device sharing further by implementing Tag On. This feature immediately connects two devices for speedy media sharing. To use Tag On, the user simply holds a smartphone or other NFC-enabled device against the NFC sticker on a 3D Smart TV.
Smarter Discovery: Premium and Local Content
Smart TV users have a steadily growing selection of content to choose from the wide range of premium and local apps available. To further exemplify the experience, LG has launched a handful of new local apps, which users will find informative and exciting. The new locally-developed LG Local Apps are: Timeout Dubai, ADMCsport.com, Alaan TV, Zawya, Roya TV, LBC, City 7, CNBC Arabia, Shoof AL Kass, eTarab, Ikbis, AnaZahra, DMTV, Sports360 as well as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. This testifies the brands commitment towards the development of applications and strong partnerships.
Magic Stand and CINEMA SCREEN Design
The new 2013 models embody LG’s minimalist CINEMA SCREEN Design. The TV’s bezels have been significantly reduced to provide a greater sense of immersion. The Magic Stand further enhances the effect, enabling the screen to appear as if floating. Both elegant and functional, the stand complements the screen without creating any visual distraction. This sleek formation effortlessly blends into any modern interior design scheme. The stand also features a convenient swivel and roller function, allowing the TV to be repositioned with ease.
Comfortable CINEMA 3D
LG’s CINEMA 3D Smart TVs employ Film Patterned Retarder (FPR) technology for superior 3D viewing comfort. This technology uses lightweight glasses to create a comfortable 3D viewing experience without the distracting flicker or crosstalk of active shutter-style glasses.
Eco-Friendly and Safe
LG’s CINEMA 3D Smart TV has won CES Innovations Awards for its superiority in hardware and software a number of times, including at the 2013 CES Innovations Awards.
“LG always strives to provide the most engaging, most convenient user experience to consumers in the region,” said Mr. D.Y. Kim, President of LG Electronics, Gulf FZE. “We have been singularly uncompromising, both in developing and improving the LG Smart TV platform. As a result, we are confident that our 2013 models with an intuitive user control via the Magic Remote will shatter all expectations and demonstrate that LG has moved the medium of Smart TV forward.”