Samsung aims to make 2014 smart TVs even smarter

Better control through voice and finger motions are part of the lineup for next year's TVs.

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Those of you who buy a Samsung smart TV in 2014 should find it easier to flip channels, open apps, and run other tasks.

Samsung has fine-tuned its voice interaction service, which helps you control the TV through natural language voice commands. As one example, the current crop of Samsung smart TVs force you to utter two commands to change the channel: "Channel Change" and "Channel Number." Next year's sets will require you to speak just the channel number.

You'll also be able to use voice shortcuts to open a Web site or app, according to Samsung. And when you search by voice for certain information, such as weather, stock prices, and sports scores, a window will pop up with search results. The voice feature will expand to 12 more markets next year for a total of 23 countries.

Samsung's 2014 smart TVs also will incorporate finger gestures. You'll be able to change the channel, control the volume, stop the video, and return to the previous screen by moving your fingers.

"Samsung's 2014 Smart TV models deliver significantly improved voice interaction and motion control features so that our consumers will be able to enjoy our Smart TV more intuitively," Kyungshik Lee, senior vice president of Samsung's service strategy team of visual display business, said in a statement. "We will continue to develop content that integrates voice and motion recognition for added convenience."

Samsung will demo its new smart TVs at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which runs next month from January 7 to 14.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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