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LG Puts out Connect SDK and wants Chromecast Functionality on their Smart TVs

April 18, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

LG has been working with Google a lot lately, and it appears they like how the Chromecast works and everything. LG has now open sourced the Connect SDK for their smart TVs, built on WebOS for the recent ones. Basically how LG’s Connect SDK works is it combines all the other technology out there including DLNA, Google Cast, and DIAL. According to LG it’s an abstract layer.

“The Connect SDK currently supports webOS, Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV and older LG smart TVs. LG wants to add support for Apple TV and Samsung devices soon.”

This makes us wonder why LG is making technology that allows us to connect with other set-top boxes that LG is NOT selling. Usually companies want you to buy their products and not use anything else. So why is LG doing this? They’ve basically realized what other companies need to realize. Is that we are using all of these devices. Whether it be the Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, etc. They are all in our living room and being used at one point or another. LG decided to open source it to get the industry going, and lead the way, which is exactly what I believe LG is doing here.

What’s interesting here is that LG isn’t stamping their brand all over the Connect SDK. What they are looking to do is to get everyone out there working together. Which is exactly what the Connect SDK is for. Connecting all your set-top boxes together so you can have a seamless experience. It sounds amazing, and I definitely can’t wait to see how well it works from LG. Obviously it’ll take some time to get it perfect though, but it definitely sounds promising. LG stated “we want to drive the whole industry forward”.

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