Tech & Science Hisense’s 2018 smart TVs are getting Amazon Alexa

11:37  04 january  2018
11:37  04 january  2018 Source:   The Verge

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Hisense — the world’s third-largest TV manufacturer — is starting to preview its 2018 lineup of smart TVs that’ll be announcing at CES this year. The big addition this time around seems to be Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant, which is coming to some existing models, including the 100-inch 4K laser TV that the company announced late last year.

In addition to the usual suite of Alexa features for music playback, smart home controls, and third-party skills, Hisense says that users will be able to directly control their TV’s hardware, using Alexa to do tasks like change inputs or control volume with voice commands.

While the company hasn’t detailed yet which models of its lineup will be getting Alexa integration, expect more details on that news next week at CES. Hisense isn’t the only TV company promising new smart assistant integration for its 2018 models, either — LG has already announced that it’ll be bringing Google Assistant over to its new OLED displays at CES, too.

CES showed us smart displays will be the new normal .
Before the start of CES 2018, the only real smart speakers with a display were the Amazon Echo Show and the Echo Spot. But now that Google has partnered with several manufacturers to make a whole line of Echo Show rivals, a bona fide new device category has been born: the smart display. The simple reason for this argument is that the display makes such devices much more useful. Sure, you could have Alexa or Google Assistant tell you there's a Starbucks 1.5 miles away from you. But wouldn't it be nice to actually see where it is on a map? Or if you wanted to know the time, you could just, you know, look at the screen.

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