LG Electronics

LG, Inc. is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications, and home appliances, employing 83,000 people working in 119 locations around the world. LG is comprised of four business units: Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance & Air Solution, and Vehicle Components – and is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. LG Electronics has been honored with the 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year distinction.

LG Electronics released webOS TV in 2014 and watch Urbane LTE in 2015. Both webOS TV and watch Urbane LTE use the Yocto Project framework. LG used the Yocto Project to transform LG webOS TV into a fully- edged embedded operating system for a TV. webOS TV is a web-centric platform that powers the LG Smart+ TV. webOS TV is a developer-friendly platform with powerful capabilities that you can leverage for creating feature-rich web apps. Best of all, webOS TV is based on technologies you are already familiar with like HTML, JavaScript, CSS, so you can choose the way you want to develop.

Yocto Project build technology made its way into other popular LG products. At the inflection point of modern technology and elegance, our LG Watch Urbane LTE features a full-circle P-OLED display for stunning image clarity, timeless aesthetics, classic design & customization, expanded battery life and more. It may look like a classic timepiece but it’s the ultimate premium smartwatch that relies on the Yocto Project framework for its unique software.

These products leverage the build infrastructure of Yocto Project and FOSS (Free Open Source Software) contents to build commercial products. The Yocto Project provides reliable and feature-rich build infrastructure to create and customize distributions, and the scalability to support a large number of products. In addition, we get access to the latest FOSS content ready to use in our products through the periodical releases. Having this baseline enabled and ready, gives us a head start on creating high quality and appealing products for the marketplace. FOSS is a central component of the software development strategy at LGE in general and webOS specifically. Therefore it is imperative that we support the community through software contributions and membership in organizations such as the Yocto Project. In addition to having interest in comprehensive FOSS library, hardware support is also important. The Yocto Project offers a reliable, scalable and feature-rich build infrastructure for this as well. LGE will continuously upgrade its webOS Platform to the latest Yocto Project releases.

We love Linux. When you look at the list of core technologies that WebOS is built on, we definitely owe a debt of gratitude to the open source and Linux community. We leveraged the great work other people have done to put together this operating system.
– Steve Winston, WebOS project lead, LG Electronics