Bixby, you're fired! Google Assistant will be fully integrated in Samsung's 2020 TVs in 12 countries by the end of 2020. Amazon Alexa is also supported.
Google Assistant in Samsung TVs
Previously, Samsung TVs supported Google Assistant voice commands via external devices such as a Google Home speaker. For the first time, users can now use Google Assistant as a fully integrated system via the TV's remote.
Integrated Google Assistant will be exclusive to Samsung 2020 TVs, including the Q series, TU series, and lifestyle models (Frame, Serif etc.). With other Samsung TVs you can continue to use Assistant via external devices.
Amazon Alexa, which was integrated in Samsung TVs earlier this year, and Google Assistant can replace Samsung's own misaligned voice assistant, Bixby, which is lacking in many areas. Over the last year or two, the company has been scaling back its ambitions for Bixby across TVs, smartphones, and other devices.
- "The use of voice assistants on our Smart TVs has grown exponentially since Bixby’s launch in 2018," said Seline Han, VP of Visual Display Business at Samsung. "With Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa now supported, we are inviting our consumers to ask even more of their Smart TVs."
Wait for the firmware
Google Assistant integration will require a firmware update so check your TV to see if it has arrived in your region. After the firmware has been installed, you can go to Settings -> General -> Voice -> Voice assistant to change to Alexa or Assistant.
You can use Assistant or Alexa in a Samsung TV to find content, control basic TV features, and control other compatible devices in the home.
Amazon Alexa is available now in select Samsung TVs in 14 countries. Google Assistant is available now in Samsung 2020 TVs in the US, the UK, France, Germany, and Italy. It will roll out to a total of 12 countries by the end of 2020.
Samsung 2020 TVs: Use Google Assistant or Alexa
Google Assistant: Compatible Samsung TVs
- 2020 8K and 4K "QLED" LCD TVs (Q series)
- 2020 Crystal UHD LCD TVs (TU series)
- 2020 Frame and Serif LCD TVs
- 2020 Sero and Terrace LCD TVs
How Google Assistant works (in Samsung's own words):
Talk to Google on your TV to find shows and movies, hear your daily schedule, and control your smart home devices. To use Google Assistant, simply press the Mic button on the remote and then state your command. You can also control compatible devices that you have connected to Google Assistant, like SmartThings devices.
Here are some examples of commands you can use with Google Assistant on your TV:
"Find action movies"
"Search for yoga videos on YouTube"
"Show me my photos from Brazil"
"How far away is the moon?"
"What’s on my agenda today?"
"What’s the weather like today?"
"Dim the living room lights"
"Set the thermostat to 72 degrees"
"Add popcorn to my shopping list"
"Where's the nearest post office?"
Note: You can ask Google to find and play media content. If the content app you're requesting is not currently integrated, you’ll be directed to a YouTube result page instead. Samsung is continuously working to improve this experience.
How Alexa works (in Samsung's own words):
Here are some examples of Alexa voice commands you can use with your smart TV or Soundbar. In these examples, the TV is named "living room TV" and the Soundbar is named "Soundbar":
To turn the TV or Soundbar on or off, say "Alexa, turn off the living room TV" or "Alexa, turn on the Soundbar."
Note: The TV must be connected to the network via Wi-Fi to be able to turn on with Alexa. It will not respond if connected to a wired network.
To change the channel on the TV, say "Alexa, change to channel 200 on living room TV", "Alexa, next channel on living room TV." The commands "channel up" and "channel down" also work.
To change the volume, say "Alexa, lower the volume on living room TV" or "Alexa, volume up 10 on the Soundbar." You can also set the volume to a specific value. For example: "Alexa, set the volume of the Soundbar to 50."
To change the source, say "Alexa, set the input of living room TV to HDMI 1" or "Alexa, switch to Bluetooth on my Soundbar." On your TV, you can also change the source to a known name, such as "Alexa, change the input of living room TV to Xbox."
When playing media content, say "Alexa, play living room TV." You can do the same for pause, stop, rewind, or fast forward. You can also assign music from your Amazon Echo service to your Soundbar: "Alexa, play Kiss FM on my Soundbar" or "Alexa, next song on Soundbar."
To mute or unmute, say "Alexa, mute living room TV" or "Alexa, unmute my Soundbar."