LG is demoing some of its new webOS 3.0 features here at CES 2016. We stopped by the booth to check out some of them and ultimately came away pretty impressed with the new “Magic Mobile Connection” feature.
Basically, Magic Mobile Connection syncs up with your Android smartphone through a special LG app and allows you to access apps — maps, your photo gallery, anything — right on your TV screen. All you need to do is connect to the same Wi-Fi network and connect to your TV once. Then, each time you come home, you’ll be able to tap right into your phone from your webOS 3.0 TV. It’s only supported by Android now, but word is iOS support is coming later.
Multiple users are supported, too, so you can quickly tap through content on each user’s phone. To me, it seems like a more seamless way to get content on your phone right to your screen — no need to change input to a Chromecast or anything like that.
Another neat feature: if you hear of a movie or TV show that you might want to watch, you can simply open the app and flag it to watch later. Then, when you’re on your TV, you’ll see it right in your favorites list, ready to watch from a variety of supported streaming services.
This is just a taste of some of the new features coming to webOS 3.0. I really want to see what kind of smart home notifications will work, so I’m going to try to revisit LG’s booth later and see if I can find that demo. Neat stuff, though, and webOS 3.0 is shaping up to be super compelling.