LG has starting rolling out Google Assistant support to its 2018 OLED and “Super UHD” LCD TVs in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia with more regions coming later.
Google Assistant on LG TVs
Google Assistant voice control can be used by pressing the microphone button on the remote control and speaking you command. It builds on top of LG’s simple interface commands by letting users search for content and control connected home devices.
- “With the Google Assistant now available natively in 2018 LG AI TVs, I believe we’re going to see a whole new level of AI adoption in the home,” said Brian Kwon, president of LG HE. “LG’s unique partnership with Google allows us to be the first TV brand to offer the Google Assistant on our own OS which is a huge benefit for customers who are fans of webOS. With great partners like Google, we expect there to be many more exciting AI news to come from LG.”
Rather than switching to Google’s Android TV platform, LG has added Google Assistant on top of webOS. Previous LG TVs also run webOS but will not gain the new features. LG says that they will be available only for 2018 OLED and “Super UHD” LCD TVs.
- “With help from the Google Assistant, LG’s AI TVs can serve as the center of your smart home, offering access to devices such as robotic vacuum cleaners, thermostats, air purifiers, smart lighting devices and many more. The Google Assistant works with more than 5,000 smart devices across hundreds of popular brands making it easier to control smart speakers and other devices connected via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth,” the company added.
In addition, you can use other Google Assistant-enabled devices such as a Google Home speaker to control your LG 2018 TV with simple playback commands such as pause, play or raise the volume.
At CES 2018 earlier this year, FlatpanelsHD received a demonstration of how Google Assistant works in LG’s TVs. We have embedded the full video below.
Google Assistant is rolling out now to LG 2018 TVs in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia with “further expansion to be announced later this year”. Earlier this year, Google announced that Assistant will speak 30 languages by the end of 2018.