Purchased a latest LG smart TV this year? You will soon be able to access another smart assistant on it. The company has confirmed that its 2019 lineup of TVs will be updated with support for Amazon Alexa later this month. LG will be rolling out this update in North America first. Customers in Asia and Europe will have to wait a bit longer to get it.
LG had confirmed back when these TVs were unveiled in January that they will eventually be updated with support for Amazon’s voice assistant. It works through the Alexa app and the TV remote’s Amazon Prime Video button. Just press the button and speak a voice command like you would for any other device that has Alexa. It supports skills and routines as well so it can be used to control other smart home devices that support Alexa as well.
This is a deeper integration between LG’s smart TV platform and Alexa. LG did provide support for last year’s TV lineup but users were required to use an external Alexa speaker if they wanted to control their TV using voice commands. All LG ThinQ QI TVs from its OLED, NanoCell, and UHD ranges are receiving this update. LG’s 2019 and 2018 TV lineups already have Google Assistant so there’s ample competition for Alexa on these TVs.
Customers in North America will receive the update later this month. It will then be rolled out a few weeks later for customers in Europe and Asia.