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CES 2019: Samsung TVs Now Play With Amazon Alexa And Google Assistant Powered Smart Speakers

CES 2019: Samsung TVs Now Play With Amazon Alexa And Google Assistant Powered Smart Speakers

This is Samsung catching up to its rivals in adding support for smart speaker control, but its own Bixby assistant still retains the deepest integration in the Tizen OS.

Smart speakers are becoming popular. That is a fact. Amazon’s Alexa assistant powered Echo speakers and Google’s own Assistant powered Home speakers are gaining more traction than ever before. Over time, they have been able to control your television too, since you simply had to call out to them for tasks such as switching it on or off, changing volume, switching sources, pausing a stream and more. That is, if you owned a television made by brands such as Sony or LG, for example. Now however, Samsung is joining in on the fun as well. The company, at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, has announced that its 2019 line-up of smart TVs will integrate with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

That said, Samsung’s new TVs will be able to respond to voice commands spoken to Alexa and Google Assistant-powered smart speakers in your home and not directly to the TV itself. But what exactly will you be able to do with the Samsung TV if you have an Amazon Echo or Google Home speaker? You will be able to turn or or turn off the Samsung TV, change volume, switch channels or sources and open apps. Some examples of the functionality include commands such as "Alexa, turn on the TV" or "Hey Google, launch Netflix", which will work with Samsung's 2019 TVs.

However, and this was perhaps expected—the deepest integration within the Samsung Tizen OS software is reserved for Samsung’s own Bixby assistant. The voice commands as well as the voice search from the remote control is still handled by Bixby.

There is no information on how and when Google apps such as Maps and Calendar will be integrated in the new TVs. Samsung has suggested that these features will also trickle down to the 2018 line-up of smart TVs, as a software, though there are no specific timelines for that.