For the past several years Advertise Me has been supplying and using the LG digital signage commercial screens that have an internal media player. We have also used the commercial touchscreen for our digital wayfinding solutions and there is an internal media player that comes with the webOS – a proprietary LG operating system that is installed on many LG smart TVs and digital signage screens.

The webOS system comes with a feature called Play URL, which can be used to display web content such as websites and web apps. Basically think of it as running a web browser that automatically loads and displays the URL when it first turns on.

There are a few other advantages when using webOS including the free SDK that comes with the hardware. With the SDK you will be able to fully integrate the in your web app by using node.js

In order to use the SDK, you need to register an account on the LG webOS Signage Developer portal. This is the URL to log in: https://us.lgaccount.com/login but you need to have your account approved by LG before you can log in.

USING THE LG WEBOS DIGITAL SIGNAGE EMULATOR portal SDK

On the LG webOS Signage Developer portal, there’s a dedicated page to download the SDK and you can also download the webOS emulator. You can select which version of the emulator to download and use with the LG Component Manager.

USING THE LG WEBOS DIGITAL SIGNAGE EMULATOR LG Component Manager

The webOS emulator has various limitations but it does a good job with testing the various versions of the webOS experience. You can also use the emulator for taking screenshots to show your customer how to set up the screens. Here’s an example that we have sent to our clients:

USING THE LG WEBOS DIGITAL SIGNAGE EMULATOR screenshots document
USING THE LG WEBOS DIGITAL SIGNAGE EMULATOR screenshots document network information

If you don’t want to use the emulator to test your website or web app (without the SDK), you can use Chrome as Chromium is used as the browser on webOS. This is a list of Chrome versions each emulator version uses:

  • Emulator v3.2.5 – Chrome 38
  • Emulator v4.1.7 – Chrome 53
  • Emulator v6.0.8 – Chrome 79

Basically, if you’re using webOS version 6 then you can use Chrome version 79 for testing however keep in mind that the SDK functions will not work when using the Chrome browser, you need to test it using the emulator or even better a real digital signage screen. Whether you intend to use the SKD functions or not, you can always set up the screen to use the SI Server settings like in the above screenshot and the only way to change the SI Server settings is to do it via the screen settings. With the Play URL settings, you can update this via the LG web management console and once you save the changes you have to make sure the screen is restarted. Here’s a video to outline the process:

We have been starting to use this for our digital wayfinding solutions and all our digital signage products. If you need any help with this product leave me a comment or book an appointment.

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