Testing & Debugging

Due to the abstracted nature of Connect SDK, it may not be necessary for you to have a suite of test devices. For many use cases, testing on one supported platform can be sufficient.

However, depending on your application and use case, it may be advisable to test each platform before you release your application. For example, while video beaming is abstracted, each platform supports different video protocols and you should make sure that your specific app's video content is playable on your desired platform.


The LG webOS TV emulator is currently in a closed beta phase with select partners. The emulator will soon be publicly released for free on this site. If you have an immediate need, you may contact partners@connectsdk.com for more information.

The emulator is limited in that it cannot download/install apps from LG Store. This will limit your testing on the emulator to web app & media support. If you have need of production hardware, the line of 2014 LG Smart TVs with webOS are currently available from major electronic retailers. Loaner devices are made available to select partners — contact partners@connectsdk.com for more information.


To test your application with a Chromecast device, you need to purchase a Chromecast dongle.

2012 and 2013 LG Smart TVs

To test your application with LG 2012 and 2013 Smart TVs, we recommend you purchase the targeted device. The emulators available on http://developer.lge.com/ are meant to be used exclusively for first-screen TV App development.


In order to test your application, you should purchase a Roku device. In general, Roku devices have the same features across all models, however Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick have a larger app catalog, including support for YouTube videos.

Fire TV

To test your application with Fire TV, you should purchase a Fire TV device.