LG is acting on its promise to unveil a new LG ThinQ Speaker with built-in support for Google Assistant ahead at CES this January. LG worked with Google on the so-called “premium” speaker that the company is putting as a voice-activated interface for LG’s smart home appliances. The smart speaker can control numerous devices from many makers including LG’s own ThinQ smart home products; a lineup that includes smart door, lamps, thermostats, locks, sound bars, and appliances like washing machines, fridges, and robotic vacuums.
LG has earlier said it is committed to an open smart home. And its ecosystem of products is compatible with Amazon Alexa. Google Assistant still as its own Deep ThinQ intelligent voice platform. LG started selling a speaker with built-in Alexa in 2016.
The company also announced a new suite of audio devices including portable Bluetooth speakers and soundbars. LG partnered with Meridian Audio for its latest audio products including a new Dolby Atmos SK10Y soundbar. And portable PK series speakers that feature “premium sound and mood lighting”. LG has not shown a price, availability, or the actual specifications for the LG ThinQ Speaker or any of the other products announced today. But they will all be on show at CES 2018 beginning Jan 9th where we will definitely learn more.