Samsung's 2019 TVs will work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
Bixby gets to keep control of the remote, however.
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Separate from hands-free voice command via external speakers, many TV makers also offer built-in voice assistants. They're available by pressing a button and talking into the remote, which can produce on-screen search results and weather reports, for example. LG's 2019 TVs offer both Alexa and Google Assistant, for example, while Sony TVs have just Google Assistant.
Samsung isn't ceding its voice remote to
or Google yet, however. The remote-based voice commands and on-screen results for Samsung TVs will still be powered exclusively by its own personal assistant, Bixby.
Watch this: Samsung introduces more conversational Bixby
At launch, the ability to work with Alexa and Google Assistant smart speakers will only be available on 2019 Samsung TVs, but Samsung's representatives said it might trickle down to 2018 or earlier sets in a future software update.