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2019 LG TVs with ThinQ AI in the US will be able to use Amazon Alexa soon

LG is ready to activate Amazon Alexa on US 2019 ThinQ AI TVs. (Source: LG/Amazon)
LG is ready to activate Amazon Alexa on US 2019 ThinQ AI TVs. (Source: LG/Amazon)
Some of the most recently-released LG ThinQ TVs have been advertized as Amazon Alexa-capable. However, customers in the US may have noticed that this apparent functionality was missing - until now. The OEM has announced that the smart assistant app on these devices should become active over the next few weeks.

LG announced that certain TVs it was to release this year would incorporate Amazon Alexa, thus offering customers a smart assistant on their big screen without the need to buy a secondary device. This applies to those UHD, NanoCell or OLED panels with ThinQ AI only, however. Then again, the Alexa app on these 2019 TVs sold or available in the United States may not be active yet.

However, LG has announced that it is finally ready to rectify this, as Alexa on these ThinQ AI screens is finally ready for activation in this region. The OEM has stated that this functionality should be "phased in" over the next few weeks. Thereafter, the TVs' built-in smart assistants should offer such features as Alexa Routines, by which the software controls any smart home tech connected to it in accordance with time-of-day-related voice commands.

2019 LG TVs may be able to respond to this kind of input on their own thanks to ThinQ AI. However, the activation of Amazon's app on these devices may expand these possibilities, through access to approximately 90,000 Alexa Skills. Alternatively, those who do not want Alexa but still want a virtual PA in their TV could consider these LG TV's predecessors from last year. They have in-built Google Assistant, which may also be helpful around the home immediately in front of its main screen.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-05-29 (Update: 2019-05-29)