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LG starts rolling out webOS beta upgrade to select OLED TVs

07 Feb 2024 | Rasmus Larsen |

As promised, LG is now upgrading webOS in older TVs. A beta program for the 2022 OLED models will run until March 1 for those seeking early access to webOS 23.
Update: LG says that the beta program is available now in the US and will "soon" come to Europe.
The first phase of the webOS platform upgrade program, recently announced by LG, is a beta program enabling users to upgrade their 2022 LG OLED TV from webOS 22 to webOS 23. If all goes according to plan, the beta program will conclude on March 1, after which a public rollout will commence. The decision on whether or not to upgrade webOS is left to the user.

How to join the beta

To join the beta now, download the 'Beta Program' app from LG's app store and follow the steps. You should then receive a notification on the screen. If you miss the notification, go to Settings -> Home screen -> Notifications. - "(LG TV webOS Platform Upgrade) Join the LG TV webOS Beta Program. Experience the powerful new webOS23 on your Smart TV. Be the first to explore this new technology in your home," the notification reads.

Beta program webOS app

You must install the beta program app from LG's app store

Compatible models for the webOS 23 beta include A2, B2, C2, G2, CS and LX (lifestyle), all OLED TVs. Reverting to webOS 22 after installing the beta is not possible. The beta program appears to be open in both America and Europe, but it is not clear if all countries are included. LG refers users to these web pages:
  • https://eu.betaprogram.lge.com/
  • https://us.betaprogram.lge.com/

    What to expect

    The upgrade from webOS 22 to webOS 23 brings a refreshed homescreen that is faster and more streamlined with 'quick cards' such as 'Game' and 'Music', as seen below. Other sections and features of the TV remain unchanged.
    webOS 22 (left) and webOS 23 (right)
    LG has plans to later introduce a webOS 24 upgrade, although it will not coincide with the release of the 2024 models this spring, as clarified by LG Korea at CES 2024. LG Korea also informed FlatpanelsHD that Chromecast support will be included in the later webOS 24 upgrade for older models. Owners of 2022 LG models can expect to receive a total of four webOS platform upgrades.
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