LG unveils ThinQ voice control app for connected home appliances

LG revealed earlier this year its plan to grow its voice-controlled smart home appliance business in 2019 after that division saw its all-time high operating profit at the end of 2018. The South Korean electronics giant is now taking another step to advance its smart home appliance efforts.

LG announced today that it will be rolling out its new ThinQ mobile app designed to control Internet-connected home appliances by voice. It is meant to replace the SmartThinQ app.

The ThinQ app will rely on Google Assistant to let you control Wi-Fi-connected LG appliances to perform specific tasks. Supported appliances include washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, air conditioners, and air purifiers.

Alice Ryu, head of LG Home Appliance & Air Solution Company’s smart home business, said regarding the new app:

“Creating a smart home experience that actually makes our customers’ lives measurably more convenient is what drives us daily. With the voice capable mobile app, we have created the ultimate smart home ecosystem that puts convenience first.”

You can also receive product information and troubleshooting alerts via the app. LG says the ThinQ app will go live in South Korea later this month and in North America by the fourth quarter of 2019. The app is also slated for release in Europe next year.

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