The internet company Yahoo managed to publicise their widget platform pretty well last year. But it has only had a good impact on the consumer electronic domain more recently. The approach, which enables users to access the internet on the TV through the widget platform, is becoming popular as a number of TV manufacturers are now developing units that can support the feature.
Among those electronic companies that are implementing the Yahoo widget platform on their consumer products are Samsung, Sony, LG and Vizio. In fact, Samsung has already launched a widget and application store, called Samsung Apps that will be compatible with 3D and LED TVs. Samsung Apps is expected to be introduced to the US this spring.
However, the company has not confirmed whether the application store will be multi-platform so that it can offer downloads for its Blu-ray players, TVs, mobile phones and other devices. Samsung also included BBC’s famous iPlayer video on demand service in its widgets that can be accessed by Samsung’s Internet @TV enabled screens. This shows just how seriously Yahoo’s platform is being taken.
Initially, the concept of widgets did not interest many people, but more people are now interested due to the convenience they offer for accessing the internet. Sites like YouTube, which are rich in entertainment, will offer more viewer satisfaction when viewed easily through a big screen.
Widget users are also being advised to mount their TVs on appropriate TV brackets to further enhance their viewing experience.