LG partners with Google, confirms Google Assistant integration into ThinQ TVs

posted on Tuesday, 15th May 2018 by Steve May

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LG has confirmed that it is rolling out Google Assistant with ThinQ on its 2018 OLED and SUHD TVs in the UK, Canada and Australia. This AI functionality can be executed directly through the TV’s remote control, with no additional hardware required.

Google Assistant and ThinQ AI will enable natural language commands to be used to control TV functions, search content and control TV settings. Viewers can connect to external gaming consoles and soundbars (“Connect to soundbar”), picture mode (“Change to Vivid Mode”) or turn the TV off at preset times. Users will also be able to use the platform to manage daily tasks, access information and control compatible smart home devices such as lighting and appliances.

LG says its been working closely with Google to develop a range of related smart features. Google Assistant currently works with more than 5,000 smart devices across hundreds of brands. With the Google Assistant built in, LG’s AI TVs can manage different tasks or control smart home devices. Simply press and hold the mic button and ask for information such as the weather forecast or display images from Google Photos.

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“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,” says Brian Kwon, president of LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “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.”

LG’s 2018 AI TVs will also work with existing Google Assistant smart speakers. TV owners can speak to other Assistant devices to control TV functions such as volume, play, pause, start, stop, fast forward, channel selection and search.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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