LG’s new line of AI-enhanced television sets

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LG’s line of AI-enhanced, ThinQ television sets will get Amazon Alexa support soon, the company announced Thursday.

The new feature will roll out to customers in North America this month, with Europe and Asia getting it “in the weeks to come.”

Not all LG TVs will get the upgrade — only the company’s 2019 models featuring artificial intelligence (i.e. those with the ThinQ moniker). These include LG UHD TVs, NanoCell TVs and OLED TVs. The update will be implemented through the Alexa app on these models.

Note that Alexa was available on some LG TVs through the use of an external device; now, no such device will be needed.

LG claims its ThinQ technology allows its TVs to handle requests of greater complexity and understand “hundreds of voice commands.” The company has been heavily promoting its products AI capabilities in the past couple of years, adding the ThinQ moniker to smartphones and other products in its lineup

With Alexa support, users will be able to control their smart home products, ask their TV questions and access over 90,000 Alexa Skills.

LG’s ThinQ TVs already have Google Assistant support (since 2018), but it’s nice to have the Alexa option as well if you prefer Amazon’s smart assistant.