10 January 2019
CES 2019 brings quite a turn of events for Samsung. The company’s upcoming television sets will work with Google Assistant and Alexa. Rumours regarding this had surfaced the internet but there has been no confirmation on it until now. However, considering the fact that virtual voice assistants have become a part and parcel of gadgets, it isn’t exactly surprising that Samsung has chosen to go down this route! While its new TVs will be supporting both virtual voice assistants, there’s a catch!
The TVs will be supporting commands issued to Google Assistant and Alexa but through smart speakers. So, while the TV will respond to the commands, they will not do so directly but through smart speakers. This certainly is quite far from being in-built support. While it is supporting these two new virtual voice assistants, remote voice commands will still be handled by Samsung’s voice assistant called Bixby Assistant. So, what exactly will Google voice assistant and Alexa be able to do?
Well, for starters, you can use your voice to switch your TV on and off. In addition to this, you will also be able to control the volume level and also switch between different input selections. It appears that Samsung is finally catching up with its competitors like LG and Sony which also offer the same. It is still unclear on whether or not other features like integration into Google Maps will arrive.