Philips LCD 6814 TVs include Amazon Alexa built-in

Google Assistant or Alexa? Your choice!

by Andy Bassett Jan 23, 2019 at 5:17 PM

  • Philips have announced how they plan to bring Alexa integration to their 2019 range of TVs and it’s a combination of built-in Alexa functionality and the ‘Works With Alexa’ accreditation. There's also support for Google Assistant in the Android TV interface on selected models. So it seems the choice is yours.
    Voice assistants are fast becoming an expected interface for control of your environment and TV manufacturers are looking to build-in plenty of options for all the leading voice services to help you out, whether searching for something to watch, controlling the volume or dishing out instructions to the rest of your smart home.

    For all its European customers, Philips TV integrates Alexa on its 6814 LCD TV which features Philips’ proprietary Smart TV OS SAPHI.

    Using Alexa built-in, owners of the Philips TV 6814 series can easily control their TV with simple commands. For example, just say “Alexa, switch TV to BBC” or “Alexa, switch TV to game console” – all you need to do is ask. With Alexa built-in, users also have the ability to control smart home devices, hear the news and access thousands of skills.

    Alexa can be accessed through the remote control’s dedicated Alexa button, which will display a blue LED when engaged. Philips’ unique Ambilight system will also show blue animation effects to reflect Alexa’s various attention states.

    We’re thrilled to work with Phillips TV and bring the convenience of Alexa to even more customers across Europe,” said Jorrit Van der Meulen, Vice President, Amazon Devices International. “With Alexa, users can control the Ambilight system, change the channel, control smart home devices, and more – all with just their voice.”

    Meanwhile, all 2019 Philips Android TVs, which encompasses their 804 and 854 OLED models along with the 9104, 8804, 7504, 7304 LCDs will have both Google Assistant as part of the Android 9 (Pie) TV operating system and the ‘Works With Alexa’ certification at launch. Google Assistant on Android TV from Philips now supports English, French, German & Spanish with more languages to follow.

    ‘Works With Alexa’ is a certification program run by Amazon that tests responsiveness, reliability, and functionality of hardware with Alexa. Once a product is certified, it can carry the ‘Works With Alexa’ badge which indicates to customers they can have confidence in the third party implementation of the Alexa smart home experience.

    Customers who want to control their Android TVs via Alexa can access voice capabilities by pairing a compatible Alexa device like the Amazon Echo. Once the device is setup through the Philips Smart TV Voice Control skill, users will have access to the same capabilities as TVs with Alexa built-in, including the ability to change the channel, manage compatible smart home devices, and more. The company’s Smart TV Voice Control skill for Amazon Alexa is to launch first in the UK and Germany with France, Italy and Spain to follow later in 2019.

    All Philips 2019 Android TVs will include Android 9 Pie and a remote control with push-to-talk near-field microphone to allow easy access to Google Assistant. With the Google Assistant, you can quickly access entertainment, get answers and control devices around your home. Find the latest blockbuster, check the score of the big game or dim the lights, all with just your voice.

    As for Philips Android TV legacy devices, the successful roll-out of Android Oreo to existing Philips Android TVs started in December 2018 and will continue with an over-the-air update to Android P in 2019 for the complete 2018 Android TV line up and selected 2017 Philips Android TV devices.

    So the choice of voice control is *ahem* in your hands. Have Philips got all the bases covered and what is your preferred voice assistant? See what others think in the discussion.

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