LG to offer Google Assistant on TVs in the UK this year

LG has announced that UK users of its 2018 TVs with AI ThinQ technology will be able to access Google Assistant voice-recognition functionality later this year.

The Korean brand revealed that the technology – on show at this year’s IFA (August 31 to September 5) – will be introduced to seven more markets in the fourth quarter of 2018 – the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and South Korea, with support for 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 wide range of features and boosted accessibility in multiple languages.

With the Google Assistant built in, LG said its 2018 AI ThinQ-enabled TVs offer a streamlined experience that allows users to manage daily tasks, find answers or control compatible smart-home devices. Users can also display pictures from Google Photos.

With help from the Google Assistant, LG’s AI TVs can serve as the centre of the smart home, offering access to numerous 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.

Customers in English-speaking markets, such as the US, 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 UK and the US – will be expanded to Australia and Canada.

LG’s AI TVs also use the company’s deep learning technology, which allows viewers to use language to quickly and easily connect such TVs to external devices or search for specific information or content simply by issuing a verbal request.

Said Brian Kwon, president of LG Home Entertainment Company: “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 unrivalled 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.”