So far, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are the only phones to use Google's AI assistant, which it unveiled on October 4. If LG were to bring Google Assistant to the G6, it would make LG the first phone brand outside of Google to use the Assistant, ahead of competitors like Samsung and its forthcoming Galaxy S8.
LG would also be second up to bat if it includes Amazon's Alexa assistant in the G6, behind Huawei's Mate 9 for the US. The South Korean company has already integrated Alexa into some of its devices, like the SmartThinQ Hub and Instaview refrigerator, so this wouldn't be the first time the two have collaborated.
Google and Amazon may soon fight a battle over assistants on phones, together with Apple's Siri. While Amazon's Alexa won't make its smartphone debut until February, its hands-free voice activation pushes into the territory currently occupied by Google Now and Siri, especially as more and more devices work with Alexa in your home. Phones like the LG G6 may become ripe battlegrounds, especially if the handset sells well.
LG is also rumored to use Google's AI to power its next line of Android Wear smartwatches, which it could unveil next month, too.
LG did not respond to CNET's request for comment.
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