Amazon gets cosy with Lg and Lenovo

LG has buddied up with Amazon.com on smart home services with Lenovo looking to cosy up  as well.

Alexa Amazon’s virtual assistant will be added to LG electronics devices to allow users to control  home appliances via voice-recognition technology.

It would add Amazon.com’s Dash feature on its SmartThinQ Sensors, which enabled so-called “smart” features on appliances that cannot communicate with other devices on their own, to allow users to quickly order household items such as laundry detergent or drinks.

“We will work with a wide range of partners to deliver differentiated smart-home solutions to customers,” said Jo Seung-jin, head of LG’s appliances business, in the statement.

“Collaborating with innovative industry leaders is our core strategy to make LG smart home solutions even more accessible and convenient to consumers,” said Jo Seong-jin, president of LG Electronics and Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company at this years CES.

“We believe that differentiating our IoT technology through openness and collaboration will benefit far more customers than a closed system.”

LG has been unveiling a bunch of new IOT products, including lightbulbs, wall plugs, and motion sensors.

Keith Barry of USA Today Network announced that LG’s announcement comes on the heels of another report of Alexa integration from a major PC manufacturer: Citing an executive at Lenovo, CNET reported on Friday that Amazon is in talks with the Chinese-owned company to add the Alexa virtual assistant to its computers and other devices.

Currently, Lenovo runs Microsoft Windows and utilises the Cortana voice recognition.

 

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