LG showed off Google Assistant running on its 2018 Ultra HD TV lineup at CES early this year. When the TVs were first released, the feature had yet to launch, but buyers didn’t have long to wait, as the feature is now available on LG’s entire 2018 A.I.-enabled TV lineup, which includes its gorgeous OLED models.
Combining the power of LG’s WebOS and Google Assistant, the company’s TVs are now capable of hundreds of voice commands. You can switch between HDMI inputs, connect to soundbars, and even change picture modes using voice commands like “connect to soundbar” or “change to Cinema Mode.” You can even use LG’s proprietary ThinQ A.I. system to automatically turn the TV off at set times by saying something like “turn off the TV when this program is over.”
With Google Assistant, your TV is now also your personal assistant, capable of answering questions like “what’s the weather this weekend?” You can also view your Google Photos, search for local businesses, and even check sports scores without interrupting what you’re watching, which is great for keeping track of one game while watching another. If your TV is you home entertainment hub, powering your music listening for example, you can even use other Google Assistant-enabled devices to control playback on your TV.
“With the Google Assistant now available natively in 2018 LG A.I. TVs, LG has truly elevated the TV to a whole new level of A.I. adoption in the home,” Tim Alessi, LG Electronics USA head of home entertainment product marketing, said in a statement. “Beyond the unrivaled picture quality that LG TVs deliver, LG’s partnership with Google creates a true visual hub for information and connectivity in the home. LG has only begun to scratch the surface of what we will innovate in the A.I. ecosystem working collaboratively with cutting-edge, industry-leading partners such as Google.”
You can expect to see more of this type of integration in the future. Google recently announced that Google Assistant is now integrated into more than 5,000 smart home devices, and you can expect this type of growth to continue.
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