12 June 2019
LG has announced that 2019 LG AI ThinQ TVs will be receiving Amazon Alexa support. The virtual assistant will be made available via a software update that will arrive on select models. These include LG UHD TVs, NanoCell TVs, and OLED TVs which will be updated with the new feature.
It should be noted that many LG Smart TVs already features support for Google Assistant. This is the first time LG has opted for Amazon Alexa digital assistant. The reason behind the decision is said to provide more options to users and giving freedom of choices. It is difficult to say whether it will be providing both the assistants on the same models.
The support will become available via an Alexa app update. Once it is released, users will have access to over 90,000 Alexa Skills to get things done. They will be able to use Alexa like it is intended to by Amazon. It means being able to ask questions, control smart home products, and control TV among other capabilities.
This new support is currently limited to 14 countries including Austria, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The update will be released for North American customers within this month itself followed by the rest of the regions in coming weeks.