WebOS OSE 2.19 arrives with updates, improvements and more

webos-os introduces a new version of the Home application

webOS, also known as webOS TV and open webOS, is a multitasking operating system for smart devices such as televisions and watches, based on Linux.

Announced the launch of the new version of WebOS OSE (Open Source Edition) 2.19, version in which many interesting features have been added to the basic user interface, as well as improvements and bug fixes.

For those who are still unaware of webOS Open Source Edition (or also known as webOS OSE), you should know that the webOS platform was originally developed by Palm in 2008. In 2013, the platform was purchased from Hewlett-Packard by LG and is now used in more than 70 million LG televisions and consumer devices. In 2018, the webOS Open Source Edition project was founded, through which LG tried to return to the open development model, attract other participants and expand the range of webOS-compatible devices.

Main new features of WebOS Open Source Edition 2.19

In this new version that is presented from WebOS 2.19 Home app improvements continue and it is that now a status bar was included with a selection of the functions that are called more frequently.

Another change that stands out in this new version is that Video call app is included to make video calls and hold virtual video conferences. In its current form, communication is currently only supported through Cisco Webex and Microsoft Teams.

In addition to this, it is also noted that a command line environment so user can create their own wallet applications of chain of blocks (Blockchain Wallet), which makes it easier to perform operations such as signing transactions and recording these transactions on the blockchain.

It is also noted that it was addedl Support for detecting internal and external audio devices in the audio server "audiod", as well as added the support for secondary sound devices (sub-devices), integrated sound cards and MIPI cameras in the Sys service, plus PulseAudio now uses the ECNR (Echo Cancellation Noise Reduction) echo cancellation mechanism.

On the other hand, we can also find that support is provided for the free edition of the contents of the panel with applications.

Enact Browser added support for the malware detection service and implemented a popup window that asks the user for permissions, in addition to sFixed an issue where “Previous” and “Next” popups would not disappear, also fixed issue with Enact browser inactive tab sound playing.

Of the other changes that stand out of this new version:

  • Added new screen gestures.
  • Yocto Embedded Linux Platform components have been updated to version 4.0.
  • The browser engine was updated to the Chromium 94 version (previously Chromium 91 was used).
  • Added the ability to use gamepads for webOS web applications.
  • Updated Noto fonts (added support for Unicode 15.0.0 characters).
  • Switched to Qt 6.4.
  • The Enact web framework has been updated to version 4.5.0.
  • Known issues:
    You cannot skip videos using the number keys with the Enter key.
    If the screen resolution of the main screen is larger than that of the sub screen, the main screen is not displayed correctly.
    In the Web Browser application, if the user enters the Settings menu while the zoom dropdown is enabled, the zoom menu does not turn off.
    Unable to get responses for Google Cloud properties via luna-send commands.
    Proper returns cannot be obtained using the com.webos.service.wifi/tethering/setMaxStationCountmethod.

Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about this new released version, you can consult the details In the following link.

How to get webOS Open Source Edition 2.19?

For those who are interested in being able to use or test webOS Open Source Edition it is necessary to generate the system image for their device, for this they can consult the steps to follow from the following link 

It is worth mentioning that the Raspberry Pi 4 boards are considered as the reference hardware platform. The platform is developed in a public repository under the Apache 2.0 license, and the development is supervised by the community, following a collaborative development management model.

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