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Latest Samsung smart TVs will work with Alexa and Google Assistant

You’d think Samsung smart TVs will only have support for the company’s own Bixby assistant. The fact remains that Bixby doesn’t quite have the reach offered by Alexa and the Google Assistant. It was reported back in December that the company’s upcoming TV lineup may come with Google Assistant.

Samsung seems to agree now which is why it has announced that its 2019 smart TVs will work with both of them. There’s one major catch, though. It’s because the rival assistants won’t actually be running on its TVs. The 2019 smart TV lineup from Samsung will only be able to recognize and execute commands from Alexa and Google Assistant devices.

2019 Samsung smart TVs work with Alexa and Google Assistant

You’ll need to have your own smart speaker for the aforementioned assistants. So it could be an Echo device for Alexa, Google Home for the Assistant or any other smart speaker. Since neither Alexa nor Assistant would be running on the TVs, the commands will be routed only through the smart speakers. Bixby is thus the only assistant that runs natively on these TVs and can receive direct voice commands.

The capability with these assistants will be limited as well. Bixby will have a leg up on them as it’s deeply integrated into Samsung’s smart TV platform. It also lets users give voice commands through the TV’s remote. That can’t be done for either of those assistants. Alexa and Google Assistant can be used to turn the TV on or off, switch inputs, control volume or launch apps.

Samsung may have decided to support these assistants since its rivals like Sony and LG already do. It can also be viewed as an acknowledgment on the company’s part that these assistants can’t simply be ignored. The concession it’s making here will make life easier for those who pick up a new Samsung TV this year and already have an Assistant or Alexa-based smart home ecosystem. Samsung hasn’t said if Assistant and Alexa will be supported on older models as well.

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woody365
woody365

Just bought an Sony Android TV. Works seamlessly with everything. Really don’t want Bixby in my life. They should have just stuck with Google. They pipe on about how their partnership with them are so strong. Blah blah bla….!

locarno
locarno

“Samsung seems to agree now which is why it has announced that its 2019 smart TVs will work with both of them. ”

I think the url link in this sentencte is wrong.

Gunter2
Gunter2

This is a great option ! I have a new QLED TV from Samsung and our house runs iOT devices from Samsung. such as washers , refrigerator, and other things. It will be great to have this too. It will make the TV into 3 home assistants , one for house and others for the web etc. excellent!

Sam Dough
Sam Dough

The mark death of Samsung smart TVs as it only supports the crappy Bixby that nobody uses. This is a smart move by Samsung by supporting more assistants that people prefer more than Bixby to increase the sales of Samsung smart TV. If Samsung haven’t support more assistants then Samsung smart TVs will be a history.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Lolol! Samsung is the biggest TV manufacturer on the planet. My house is a Samsung smart home with TV, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, alarm, audio system and air conditioning all controlled by Bixby. You are just displaying your ignorance. Of course it’s a good move for Amazon and Google to have their services on the biggest selling TV brand. It’s also good for Samsung customers, if they choose to use them. It’s why Apple wants to put iTunes on new Samsung TVs, specifically because Samsung is the leader.

Gunter2
Gunter2

Bixby controls all the devices and appliances in my home. It’s not useless. You obviously do not have this technology or you would not say such silly things. This is a big advantage for Google and Amazon to have their assistant on the biggest TV brand. Are you one of those people who hates Samsung or something?

Osensnolf
Osensnolf

“Are you one of those people who hates Samsung or something?”

Most likely he is like most of us – one of those people who have used Bixby and experienced complete failure more than success.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Wow, Bixby, iTunes, Airplay, Alexa, Google Assistant…. All on one TV! Bixby doesn’t have the reach, it’s true, but I use Bixby to control my TV, fridge, washing machine, and air conditioning units so it’s very important in the home. Wouldn’t it be great to just integrate all these assistants into one great app, taking the best from each one? . Maybe one day Adnan!!

obsydian
obsydian

Pointless as Alexa aleady has 3rd party skills to at least switch on Samsung tv

Biransahin
Biransahin

It’s not pointless, it’s about using the full functionality of these assistants not just switching on the TV. You won’t need to buy separate devices. Do you not understand the article? I’m a bit surprised as if Samsung TVs and others can emulate all these voice assistants, people won’t buy them. For example I have a QLED TV, but also a 2018 Frame TV in the dining room, which is always on, and it will be able to act as an Alexa or Google Home. It’s a big deal.

Gunter2
Gunter2

I’m not sure that you are understanding what this is about . It’s nothing to do with switching on the TV , it’s about using the TV as an assistant.