Nigerians love their devices….Rather than building from scratch an assistant software and associated hardware into its TVs, Electronics giant, Samsung, will require an existing Google Home or Amazon Echo device to power voice control for its TV’s.
By saying, “OK Google” or “Hey Alexa”, one will be able to turn their TV on or off, change channels, and even swap input selections. Thus, the next line of Samsung televisions, coming this year, will enable voice control through your existing Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers.
This may be a bit of an issue because a lot of people in this part of the world (Nigeria), don’t own Amazon Echo or Google Home smart speakers. On the flipside, this might be a marketing strategy to boost the sale of these smart speakers in Nigeria.
But there’s a caveat: You’ll need your own Amazon Echo or Google Home device to power that voice control. Rather than including support for Amazon and Google’s voice-controlled assistants in its TVs, Samsung is adding support for existing devices.
Bixby, Samsung’s own voice assistant software, will co-exist with support for Amazon and Google’s competitors; Bixby is built into Samsung TV remotes.
Also, Samsung is set to make major announcements this week at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and this isn’t the first major news we’ve heard about Samsung’s upcoming televisions. They are working with Apple to bring the iTunes App to Samsung TVs.
For now, it’s unclear if voice command functionality will come to previous Samsung smart TV models through software updates. Samsung representatives, speaking with CNET said it may arrive on “2018 or earlier sets in a future software update.”
So in the near future, hopefully, you should be able to give a voice command your Google Home smart speakers to play a movie you bought through Apple’s iTunes on your new Samsung TV. Sounds a bit bizarre right?