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Alexa to join the living room through LG TVs
Wed, 29th May 2019
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LG Electronics (LG) will be rolling out Amazon Alexa support for 2019 TV models featuring artificial intelligence (AI) to Australia and New Zealand in the coming weeks.

The update will be implemented through the Alexa app on 2019 TVs featuring ThinQ AI including LG UHD TVs, SUPER UHD TVs and OLED TVs.

Following the introduction of Google Assistant on 2018 LG TVs with ThinQ AI, LG is delivering more choices and options with the addition of Amazon Alexa capabilities to its 2019 TVs with ThinQ AI.

With the Alexa app, owners of compatible LG TVs can ask questions, control compatible smart home products, access over 90,000 Alexa Skills and more, without the need for a separate external device.

LG 2019 TVs can understand hundreds of voice commands and handle requests of greater complexity than ever before thanks to more advanced LG ThinQ AI conversational voice recognition technology.

Using Alexa Routines, users can link together a series of actions such as providing traffic information, reporting the weather and listing the day's agenda simply by saying, “Alexa, start my morning.”

Users can also play music or audio books and take advantage of the numerous skills already available on the Alexa platform. Additionally, because Alexa is built-in, new updates and features for the voice service will continue to be available to LG ThinQ AI TV users moving forward.

Furthermore, LG 2019 OLED and select SUPER UHD TVs will receive Apple AirPlay 2 and Apple HomeKit support via a mid-year update.

With AirPlay 2 support, owners of 2019 ThinQ Ai TVs will be able to watch videos on the Apple TV app and other video apps as well as enjoy photos and music on compatible LG TVs connected to an Apple device.

Finally, Apple HomeKit will allow users to control the newest LG TVs with ThinQ AI by interacting with Siri or the Home app.

“The addition of Alexa support is another example of the LG commitment to simplifying our customers' lives,” says LG mobile communications and home entertainment president Brian Kwon.

“We will continue to enrich the user experience going forward with a diverse range of convenient AI services and features.