New Hisense 4K TVs will include Amazon Alexa

Alexa takes on Google Assistant in the fight to control the next computing platform

And if you have smart home products installed in your home, Alexa will be able to help you with controlling them as well.

Now that people have gotten used to talking with Alexa at home, Amazon could try to take its virtual assistant on the road.

Hisense has now been using its own TV platform on its smart TVs, with some running the Roku operating system. In addition, Alexa-enabled Hisense 4K Smart TVs will now offer a wide variety of voice features right out of the box.

Amazon has added the kitchen companions to the list of gadgets that can conceivably be controlled by the Alexa personal assistant. Now, with Alexa on select Hisense Smart TVs, they're bringing Alexa directly to customers' living rooms.

"Whirlpool has created an Alexa skill leveraging these new cooking capabilities in the Smart Home Skill API for its connected microwaves, and expects to launch it soon", it writes. While 2017 has been a banner year for smart speakers in terms of hardware sales, especially for Google and Amazon, smart speakers in 2018 will move beyond hardware, with strategic attempts to monetize the growing installed base in the USA and beyond. It has 70.6% of all voice-enabled speaker users in the USA compared to 23.8% captured by Google Home.

Amazon and Google marked down the smallest version of their speakers, the Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home Mini, to as low as $29 from $50, with higher-end versions of their devices costing about twice as much. There are now 10,000 skills available for Alexa and the list continues to grow. "Cooking capabilities will also be available in other countries soon", Amazon has stated. "At Amazon, we believe that there will be an Alexa skill for everyone, for everything".

As of now, we don't know which TVs will work with Alexa and Hisense is expected to reveal its 2018 lineup in Las Vegas at CES 2018 next week.

The smart assistant is believed to be added to some existing models, including the 100-inch 4K laser TV that the company announced late a year ago. The company tends not to give specifics about device sales but said that customers bought "twice as many" Fire TV Sticks this holiday season relative to last year's.

This isn't the first time Hisense has added the digital voice assistant to their products, but it will be the first smart TV from the company.



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