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Sony TVs Embed Google Assistant

Sony 4K HDR televisions with Android TV now work with voice commands via the Google Assistant.
Posted Nov 7, 2017
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Owners of 2017 and select 2016 Sony 4K HDR televisions with Android TV can now use the Google Assistant to discover and access content and control other smart home devices with voice.

The Google Assistant on Sony TV works just by pushing the microphone button on the remote and using your voice to ask  questions or say commands to play content, search for content, play music, stream photos, control their TVs, control their smart home devices, and find general information (e.g. weather, directions, fast facts, etc.) all through their Sony TVs.

"Sony's goal is to provide our customers the smart home functionality they desire in the manner they choose. With the Google Assistant, Sony TV owners get all the answers and tasks they need done, just by using their voice," said Mike Fasulo, president and chief operations officer of Sony Electronics, in a statement. "This software update is available today for those that already own, or plan to buy, a supported Sony 4K HDR television with Android TV, bringing new innovative technologies to our customers."

With the Google Assistant, users can also play back content or request to stream their favorite TV shows from selected services, such as YouTube and Netflix. Users can stay engaged by asking the Google Assistant questions about the content being played. The Google Assistant works with more than 1,000 smart devices from more than 150 manufacturers, and these now work seamlessly on Sony's Android TVs.

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