SmartHouse - - NEWS - Writ­ten by ROMA CHRIS­TIAN

LG Elec­tron­ics has an­nounced Google As­sis­tant is now avail­able on 2018 ThinQ AI TVs, in­clud­ing its OLED & Su­per UHD range. The news fol­lows its global un­veil­ing at CES 2018.

The new voice con­trol functional­ity utilises the TV’s re­mote con­trol, for­go­ing the need for ad­di­tional hard­ware.

In con­junc­tion with LG’s ThinQ AI tech­nol­ogy, Google As­sis­tant al­lows a per­son’s voice to pe­ruse con­tent, change set­tings, con­trol com­pat­i­ble smart home de­vices (e.g. smart lights), set re­minders and more.

For ex­am­ple – con­nect to gam­ing con­soles and sound­bars via voice (“Con­nect to

sound­bar”) or switch pic­ture modes (“Change to Cin­ema Mode”).

LG claims it started work­ing with Google early this year, with ad­di­tional fea­tures/ lan­guages re­port­edly in the works.

More third-party func­tions are sched­uled to roll out over time – e.g. food de­liv­ery and trans­porta­tion.

En­sur­ing view­ing isn’t dis­rupted, users sim­ply need to press and hold their re­mote’s mic but­ton and ask ques­tions like “What’s the weather this week­end?”

Pres­i­dent of LG Home En­ter­tain­ment, Brian Kwon, af­firms LG’s “unique part­ner­ship” with Google makes it the first TV brand to of­fer Google As­sis­tant on its own OS (we­bOS).

“With great part­ners like Google, we ex­pect there to be many more ex­cit­ing AI news to come from LG”, Kwon adds.

LG 2018 AI-en­abled TVs work with other Google As­sis­tant de­vices in Aus­tralia, US, UK and Canada with fur­ther ex­pan­sion com­ing later this year.

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