Post published 5/24/19 – Yesterday electronics manufacturer LG announced it is adding Alexa to its 2019 AI ThinQ TVs this month, with support for Apple HomeKit and AirPlay2 to follow in the coming months.
From LG’s announcement :
LG Electronics (LG) will begin rolling out Amazon Alexa support in 14 countries* to the company’s 2019 TV models featuring artificial intelligence. The update will be implemented through the Alexa app on 2019 TVs featuring ThinQ AI including LG UHD TVs, NanoCell TVs and OLED TVs. Customers in North America will begin receiving the update this month, followed by customers in Europe and Asia in the weeks to come.
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 smart home products, access over 90,000 Alexa Skills and more, all without the need for a separate external device. And LG’s 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.
If you’re in the market for a new TV, now is your chance to get one with Alexa support built in. It’s likely that built-in smart home assistants will become standard features in TVs from other manufacturers going forward however, much the same way wireless, Bluetooth and internet connectivity have, so if LG’s current models don’t fit your needs you probably won’t have to wait long for a wide variety of other options.