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LG confirms first Google Assistant-packing ThinQ TVs for CES reveal

LG is preparing to showcase its first batch of ThinQ televisions – all of which will come with Google Assistant built-in, so you can adjust the volume, change the channel and even turn on your washing machine from the couch, using nothing but your voice – at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018).

The best thing about Google Assistant is that it’s capable of recognising – and processing – what’s being shown on a TV, so you can instruct it to complete cognitive tasks, like searching for the soundtrack of the movie you’re watching, or showing recommendations for similar content based on the cast.

There is some bad news, however.

In a statement, LG revealed that the feature will only be available in full in “certain countries” – and there’s no word on whether the United Kingdom will be included, but seeing as Sony’s rival Bravia range offers support for Google Assistant in the region, it would be a surprise if didn’t.

Related: CES 2018

LG is expected to take the wraps off a number of other products at CES 2018, which is scheduled to run from January 9 through January 12, including a new series of high-resolution OLED 4K TVs – B8, C8, G8 and W8 – and a handful of budget-friendly and mid-range smartphones, though nothing’s set in stone.

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