Apart from other voice assistants, Samsung has now also created room for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Users will be able to control the new QLED sets with either of these two voice assistants. However, one needs to provide the assistant device on their own, which can be Echo, Google Home etc. Though Samsung TVs will keep on executing commands from Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, Bixby will continue to be its primary voice helper.
Owing to Bixby for providing rudimentary support as it is attached to Samsung’s Tizen TV software. For Samsung remote control, only Bixby can be used. Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant can be used for secondary aspects like volume control, turning the TV on and off, switch inputs, and launch select apps.
However, compared to Bixby users there are tonnes of people who have invested in Amazon and Google voice assistants. And the usership is expected to increase in large scale during this time period. There are 100 million Amazon Alexa device users worldwide. Bixby digital assistant remains stagnated to Samsung’s smartphones, wearables, TVs, and appliances.
Don’t start celebrating yet since Samsung hasn’t yet promised to bring Amazon Alexa and Google Assistants to its older TVs. The two voice assistants have been confirmed to be available only for 2019 Samsung TVs, as of now. Looking at couple of days back, both Google and Amazon have been reported to have big plans for 2019 CES. Therefore, it is not surprising that their voice assistants will be available for Samsung.
In the near future, we might see Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to come to more TV brands and other electronics as well. Speaking of Google Assistant, it will soon be modified to predict flight delays. This service will encompass all flights that support English language. The mechanism works by combing flight status data with Machine Learning(ML). One can just ask Google Assistant whether their flight is on time or not and it will give you an accurate answer within seconds. Fortunate are those who are frequent flight boarders.