Rather than including support for Amazon and Google's voice-controlled assistants in its TVs, Samsung is adding support for existing devices. Moreover, Samsung's new panels will now take commands from Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa if you already have a supporting smart speaker.
LG Senior Director of Home Entertainment Marketing Tim Alessi discusses Google Assistant at the LG press conference at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center during CES 2019 in Las Vegas Nevada on January 7, 2019.
Amazon has revealed a new figure for its Alexa voice-assistant: the company says that more than 100m devices with Alexa pre-installed have been sold. Since then, Google and a variety of other companies have announced Assistant-powered smart speakers, headphones, watches, Smart Displays, and more. If you make the mistake of buying a Wear OS device, you can get the Assistant on your watch, and it's even available on some Nest cameras.
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Want to talk to your TV, but don't want to be locked into just one voice assistant? This is partly because the assistant's creators are rolling them out to more devices than ever. This number includes both Amazon devices and other products that ship with built-in Alexa. It's also now compatible with over 10,000 smart home devices - a whopping 600-percent increase over the last year - while the number of active Assistant users has grown four times over the past year.
After Google introduced Continued Conversation for the Google Assistant last summer, Google Assistant can now understand and respond to users in a more natural tone. This had been sold out for weeks, said devices in-chief Dave Limp, the technology blog "The Verge".
Samsung's own voice assistant software, Bixby, will co-exist with support for Amazon and Google's competitors; Bixby is built into Samsung TV remotes. Amazon has done well with its two-year head start in the market.