LG has finally updated its webOS platform on older OLED TVs, specifically for those that are part of the group's beta program. This early access to updated software will allow LG OLED TV 2022 users to test webOS 23 as a trial run ahead of the official rollout after March 1.
Announced in early January, LG intends to bring its latest webOS 24 platform to older LG TV models starting with the 2022 models. The update currently only includes the webOS 23 software, as OS24 will be available after the launch of the group's 2024 TV lineup in March or April. Users are not forced to upgrade to the new software. However, the update will bring a number of improvements to these older screens. The new software update will include "quick cards" on the home screen for instant and easy access to specific content ie. "Music", "Games", etc.
The beta program ends on March 1, with an official rollout of webOS 23 to all users planned for later this year. As already mentioned, LG's webOS TV beta program is currently only available to LG 2022 Smart TV users. The program will run from February 5 and end on March 1, 2024. Users will need to install LG's Beta Program app on their screen to test the new webOS 23 software for themselves. Once the app is downloaded, the user must follow the on-screen steps to get the new update running, which should read as follows: Settings → Home screen → Notifications.
The announcement should explain what the program is and what it will bring to your TV. LG 2022 TV models that have access to the webOS 23 early access beta include the following:
It's unclear if the beta program is global (as a Reddit user claims it's not currently available in Germany), but LG provides a few helpful links to those based in both America and Europe, for any additional questions users may have. Once installed, the webOS 23 software cannot be removed, so be prepared to keep the new program if you're willing to give it a try.
LG is asking those who take the plunge to provide feedback on the new software through LG's TV-based Beta Program app. It's all part of LG's ongoing WebOS Re:New Program, which aims to improve OS updates and support for LG TVs four years after launch. The company has long been committed to improving user experiences across its model lines, as seen last year with updates to software on its 2020 OLED TVs.