LG to make appliances compatible with Amazon Echo smart speakers

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 28, 2017

LG Electronics will make its appliances work with Amazon Echo smart speakers as part of an ongoing process to expand into the artificial intelligence business arena.

The global electronics manufacturer on Sunday said it planned to showcase its appliances working with Amazon's Alexa voice-controlled intelligent speaker at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) in Berlin that kicks off next week.

While the Echo now does not respond to Korean voice commands, LG said it is researching a way to set up a compatible system late this year or early next year.

LG's AI-based smart home appliance lineup has seven products, ranging from the refrigerator, washing machine, dryer, air conditioner, air purifier, robot cleaner to oven range.

As LG has been partnering with both Amazon and Google since past year, users of both Amazon Echo and Google Home - a similar AI speaker run on Google Assistance - would be able to operate LG products such as the robot cleaner by issuing verbal commands to the speakers, should the partnerships continue.

Besides products that can work with Echo, LG said it will unveil various Internet of Things devices, robots and smart home solutions in Berlin this year.

The latest expansion of partnership to Amazon means the Korean company aims to reach a broader range of consumers enabling them to experience LG's smart home, the company said.

LG announced earlier this month that it was planning to introduce IoT-based products by early next year and that it is in talks with several mobile network service operators to form a partnership for these products.

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