It seems UK retailer John Lewis has been busy. The company has created its own line of smart televisions in collaboration with LG that it plans to sell to customers under the John Lewis brand. These TVs will run on WebOS, which is now owned by LG following a purchase from HP early last year. The news was first spotted by our friends over on Pocket-Lint and is published in the John Lewis Spring 2014 Technology catalogue, so this news is very much out and about.
The TVs will be available in 49-, 55- and 60-inch sizes and an integrated 2.1 soundbar. The model name will be JL9000 Smart HD TV and the 'smart' part of the equation will mean integrated access to Facebook, Twitter, BBC's iPlayer, Netflix, YouTube, Skype, and more. Pricing for the TVs will start at £1499 for the 49-inch, £1899 for the 55-inch, or £2299 for the largest 60-inch model. John Lewis hasn't offered any information on availability beyond May but we'll keep you posted on that one.
The version of WebOS running on these TVs will be different to any iteration we've seen before. Debuted by LG at CES 2014 back in January, the operating system has been completely revamped for the smart TV platform and has come a long way since the days of Palm's Pre smartphone. LG plans to use this software on the majority of its smart TVs. The much-loved Cards feature allows users to switch from app to app on the TV while Google Maps, Netflix and other apps can be accessed right from the home screen. LG has also included voice search to avoid the painstaking process of selecting each individual letter on an onscreen keyboard or hooking up third party peripherals.