Alexa is coming to LG’s 2019 TVs starting this month

From The Verge: Later this month, LG’s 2019 range of TVs in North America will be updated to support Alexa voice commands. Europe and Asia will have to wait a little bit longer.

The addition of Amazon’s voice assistant feature was originally announced when the TVs were revealed back in January, and works via the Alexa app and the TV remote’s Amazon Prime Video button. You press the button, and then speak as you would to any other Alexa-equipped device. The TVs support Alexa skills and routines, and can be used to control other Alexa-compatible smart home devices.

This isn’t the first time LG TVs have supported Alexa in some form, but with last year’s models you needed an external Alexa smart speaker to use voice commands to control your TV. This year it’s built right into the TV itself, no external devices required. ThinQ AI TVs from LG’s UHD, NanoCell and OLED ranges are all supported. LG’s 2018 and 2019 TV ranges also support Google Assistant.

Although LG’s North American customers will get access to the new update this month, TV owners in Europe and Asia will have to wait a little longer. LG says these customers will be getting the update “in the coming weeks.” The Alexa update is headed to 14 countries in total; Austria, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States.

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