LG announced today that Amazon Alexa is coming to a wide range of third-party smart TVs that are built on its webOS TV platform.
“The addition of Amazon Alexa to the long list of webOS features will enhance the user experience and boost the value of our growing smart TV ecosystem,” LG’s Jung Sung-hyun says. “Bringing together the capabilities of Alexa with the convenience of webOS to third-party TVs is a win-win-win for TV brands, customers, and developers.”
TV brands like Advance, Blaupunkt, Eko, JSW, Manta, Polaroid, RCA, Seiki, and Skytech, as well as original design manufacturers like Ayonz, Dualshine, Konka, Silicon Player, Skyworth, and Xianyou, will soon offer Amazon Alexa on their compatible webOS-powered TVs with Magic Remote. This remote lets users speak to accomplish tasks or get information: All you have to do is long-press on the Amazon button and talk. You can say things like “Alexa, open YouTube” or “Alexa, suggest comedy movies” to get the entertainment started.
Alexa will be added to compatible third-party webOS smart TVs in the third quarter of 2021 via an over-the-air update, LG says, starting in North America. Then the feature will come to other regions, including Asia and Europe.