LG will be introducing the Google Assistant in seven more markets - Australia, Canada, France, Germany, South Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom - with support in up to five languages. LG first announced that the Google Assistant would be built into its TVs at CES 2018 with the service debuting in the United States in the second quarter.
The Google Assistant will be available on all of LG's webOS-based AI TVs in the new markets, offering a features and boosted accessibility in multiple languages. With the Google Assistant built in, LG's 2018 AI ThinQ-enabled TVs allows users to manage daily tasks, find answers or control compatible smart home devices. Simply press and hold the mic button and ask for information, such as the weather forecast, a nearby restaurant's hours, the latest sports scores or to dim the lights without interrupting the viewing experience. Users can also relive their favorite moments by displaying pictures from Google Photos.
With help from the Google Assistant, LG's AI TVs can serve as the center of the smart home, offering access to devices such as robot vacuum cleaners, thermostats, air purifiers and smart lighting. The Google Assistant is compatible with more than 5,000 smart devices across hundreds of popular brands, making it easier to control speakers and other smart home devices connected via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Consumers in English-speaking markets such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada can already connect Google Home devices to LG AI-enabled TVs to send voice commands directly from their smart speakers. This feature will become available to customers in France, Germany, Japan and South Korea by the end of 2018. Compatibility with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices - currently available in the U.K. and the U.S. - will be expanded to Australia and Canada as well.
On top of the Google Assistant integration, LG's AI TVs use LG's deep learning technology which allows viewers to use natural language to quickly connect such TVs to external devices or search for specific information or content simply by issuing a verbal request.