Later this month, the LG9 201 range of TVs in North America will be updated to support Alexa voice commands. Europe and Asia will have to wait a little longer.
The addition of the Amazon voice assistant feature was originally announced when the TVs were unveiled in January, and it works through the Alexa application and the Amazon Prime video button on the TV remote. Press the button and then speak as you would with any other device equipped with Alexa. TVs are compatible with Alexa's routines and abilities and can be used to control other intelligent home devices that support Alexa.
This is not the first time that LG TVs support Alexa in some way, but with last year's models you needed an external intelligent Alexa speaker to use the voice commands to control your TV. This year is integrated directly into the TV, no external devices are required. All ThinQ AI TVs from LG's UHD, NanoCell and OLED ranges are supported. LG's 2018 and 2019 TV ranges also support the Google Assistant.
Although LG's North American customers will have access to this month's new update, TV owners in Europe and Asia will have to wait a little longer. LG says that these customers will receive the update "in the coming weeks." The Alexa update targets 14 countries in total; Austria, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom and United States.
Alexa's built-in support is not the only update that reaches LG Televisions At the end of this year (LG does not provide a firm date beyond saying "mid-year") the range will be updated with support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. Over time, the functionality means that you can control your LG TV with Siri or the iOS Home application, and stream content from the Apple TV application.