Sony has been making smart TVs powered by Google’s Android TV platform for a couple of years now. The company launched its 2017 lineup of smart TVs at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 in Las Vegas last month. They are predictably powered by Android TV. Google did say recently that the artificial intelligence-powered Google Assistant will soon make its way to TVs as well and Sony has now confirmed that its 2017 smart TV series is going to be the first to feature Google Assistant.
Customers who rush out the door to purchase one of Sony’s new 2017 Bravia TVs should keep in mind that they won’t be able to use Google Assistant on their new TV right away.
That’s because Google Assistant does not come installed on the TV straight out of the box. According to a report, Google Assistant is actually going to be added via a firmware update at some point “later this year.”
Once Google Assistant goes like for Android TV, users will be able to invoke it using a special button on the remote control. Those who own a Google Home speaker will even be able to control their Sony TV via voice commands for doing tasks such as changing source inputs, launching apps, adjusting the volume or just changing the channel.
Neither Sony nor Google has confirmed when Assistant is finally going to be released for compatible TVs this year.