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LG Brings Google Assistant To ThinQ Smart TVs

12 January 2018

Ahead of CES next week, LG is sharing details of its 2018 OLED and "Super UHD" TV lineup.

What's the catch? LG says that the Google Assistant, which allows for smart home controls, will only be available in certain countries. LG today announced its OLED and Super UHD smart TV lineup, which will all include the company's new ThinQ AI technology. Also, the new LG TVs based on ThinQ AI branding will let users pass instructions such as "search for the soundtrack of this movie" or "turn off the TV when this program is over" even without repeating the name of the program or entering any specific time.

If you're a fan of both Google Assistant and LG, the latter has some good news for you - the company will be shipping their new high-end smart TVs with Google Assistant functionality in 2018.

The TV itself can act as a smart home hub, allowing users to control their lights and other devices.

LG Brings Google Assistant To ThinQ Smart TVs
LG Brings Google Assistant To ThinQ Smart TVs

LG's OLED and Super UHD LCD TVs run its own proprietary webOS operating system that included company's own voice assistant in the past.

LG ThinQ TV users can easily control various TV functions such as change of screen modes, change of channels, and volume control by utilizing natural language voice recognition function. LG's 2018 OLED and SUPER UHD TVs add support for Advanced HDR by Technicolor, building on a legacy of supporting most major HDR formats, from the superior viewing experience of Dolby Vision™ to HDR10 and HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma).

It's worth noting though that while LG's USA screens will have Google Assistent built-in, models for the United Kingdom are merely Google Assistant compatible - you'll need to supply your own Google Assistant-embedded device to control them. The processor's standout feature is its four-step process of noise reduction that significantly improves image clarity through effective rendering of smooth gradations. Given LG's vastly diverse production of kitchen devices, cleaning machines and numerous other home consumer electronics, the ThinQ voice command could indeed be highly useful for more than just ordering up your next Netflix binge. "LG is dedicated to providing cutting-edge technology that elevates user lifestyles and offers unmatched convenience".

LG says it has made multiple improvements to its SK9500, SK8500, and SK8000 Super UHD, NANO Cell (aka, nano-crystal and quantum dot) TVs, including less reflectivity for better off-angle viewing and an increased number of backlight elements in some full-array models.

LG Brings Google Assistant To ThinQ Smart TVs