Google Assistant is available on LG LCD and OLED TVs equipped with ThinQ AI. So let’s talk about the 2018 range and for the moment only in some countries, including the United States and then gradually expand into Europe and Asia. Google voice assistant for LG TVs will then be introduced progressively in another region during 2018. The synergy between Google Assistant and LG’s WebOS allows you to use natural language to give commands to TVs, search and playback content or access settings.
You can also access various types of information or check the “smart home” products that may be present in your home, such as lights and appliances. Google and LG will work together to implement an increasing number of features. It will then suffice to say the words “connect to the soundbar” to start playing the sound on your external system. The same can be done with the video mode: just say “set the Cinema mode”.
LG also lists other examples: “Switch to Discovery channel” instantly connects one to information about future travel destinations. Users can learn more about their desired films simply by saying a character’s or actor’s name, they can tell the TV to “Search for the soundtrack of this movie” or “Turn off the TV when this program is over” without needing to schedule a time.
LG ThinQ AI LCDs and OLEDs can interface with over 5,000 “smart” devices via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. All models are also compatible with Google Home and the other speakers with integrated Assistant. In this way, it is possible to give commands even when you are in different rooms from the one in which the TV is placed. Compatibility with Assistant-equipped speakers will initially be introduced in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. It will also be extended to other countries during 2018.