LG Starts Rolling Out Amazon Alexa on its 2019 TVs

Mike Wheatley

LG Electronics has made good on its promise to add support for Amazon Alexa to its 2019 TV lineup, including its UHD, NanoCell and OLED models.


LG’s latest televisions already support Google Assistant, and so the addition of Alexa simply gives customers more choice about how they can control their sets using their voices.

The South Korean company said in an announcement the update will be “implemented through the Alexa app” and will come to US customers first. Those in Asia and Europe will have to wait a while longer, with the update set to be introduced in those regions in “the weeks to come”.

With Alexa in their TVs, LG customers will be able to issue commands to control their TV, and ask it various questions. They’ll also be able to access over 90,000 “Alexa Skills”, which are essentially apps that can extend its capabilities, without the need for a specialised speaker such as the Amazon Echo device.

Amazon Alexa also transforms LG TVs into a control centre for the smart home, as it can be used to control various other Alexa-compatible devices.

LG also pointed to the ability to use a function called Alexa Routines with its TVs. Alexa Routines are a “series of actions such as providing traffic information, reporting the weather and listing the day’s agenda items,” the company said. These can be triggered simply by saying “Alexa, start my morning”.

Meanwhile, LG’s ThinQ AI assistant will help users out by remembering previous commands and questions they've asked Alexa and the slight nuances in the way these are said, allowing users to speak in a “more natural way” when they want to say them again.

LG also promised (again) that users can expect another update in the middle of the year that will add support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 wireless protocol and HomeKit service.

AirPlay 2 will enable users to watch videos from the Apple TV app and stream video and audio from other services directly to their LG TV, once it’s connected to an Apple device. As for HomeKit, this will provide the option to control the TV via Apple’s Siri or Home apps, which essentially just means more digital assistants to choose from.

The updates come just a week after LG announced the official launch of two of its most eagerly-anticipated TVs, including its 88-inch, 8K resolution Z9 OLED model, and its 65-inch rollable OLED TV.