LG to expand Google Assistant-equipped AI ThinQ TVs to more markets


LG today announced that the company would integrate Google Assistant on their 2018 TVs with AI ThinQ in the Q4 of 2018. LG also mentioned that it would 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.

The company says that this expansion is a part of LG’s global strategy to raise the bar for voice recognition solutions enabled with LG’s ThinQ platform and the Google Assistant built in. Google Assistant will be available on all of LG’s webOS-based AI TVs in the new markets. LG’s 2018 AI ThinQ-enabled TVs with the Google Assistant built in, offers a streamlined experience that allows users to manage daily tasks, find answers or control compatible smart home devices.

Users can 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. The Google Assistant is compatible with more than 5,000 smart devices across hundreds of popular brands. This feature will become available to customers in France, Germany, Japan and South Korea by the end of 2018.

LG also announced that Amazon Alexa compatibility is currently available in the U.K. and the U.S. and this will be expanded to Australia and Canada as well. LG’s AI TVs use LG’s exclusive deep learning technology which allows viewers to use natural language to quickly and easily connect TVs to external devices or search for specific information or content simply by issuing a verbal request.

Brian Kwon, president of LG Home Entertainment Company said:

LG’s vision is to become a major name in all things AI based on our philosophy of open platform, open partnership and open connectivity. Beyond the unrivaled picture quality that LG’s premium TVs deliver, the Google Assistant offers even more consumers a new level of intelligence in the home, aligned with LG’s mission to improve the daily lives of its customers through forward-thinking technology.