LG vowed earlier this year that it would add support for Alexa to its 2018 lineup of OLED and Super UHD TVs powered by its ThinQ AI platform. The company is now making good on that promise by rolling out support for Amazon's virtual assistant, allowing users to control their ThinQ AI-powered TVs with voice commands routed through Alexa-enabled devices such as Amazon Echo, Echo Show, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, and Echo Plus.
The compatibility between the Alexa-powered gadgets and LG's AI-enabled TVs is made possible through the LG SmartThinQ Skill for Alexa. With the integration, users can now gain access to various TV functions such as volume, play, pause, start, stop, channel selection, content search, and fast forward controls, with the last function requiring DVR functionality on a user's set-top box.
By adding Alexa support to its ThinQ AI-enabled TVs, LG now expands the users' choice of artificial intelligence technology for its 2018 OLED and Super UHD TVs, which is already compatible with Google Assistant.
Additionally, the incorporation of Alexa support into LG's ecosystem allows users to also adjust their air purifier, ice maker, robotic vacuum, and other intelligent appliances on top of the smart TVs unveiled by LG at CES 2018.