Philips TV integrates Alexa on even more devices and adds Android 9 Pie
- Philips TV brings Alexa built-in functionality to European customers with its TV 6814 series.
- Philips Smart TV Voice Control skill for Amazon Alexa to launch first in the UK and Germany with France, Italy and Spain to follow later in 2019.
- All 2019 Philips Android TV devices will have both the Google Assistant built-in and Amazon’s Works with Alexa at launch.
- Android 9 Pie to be featured on all Philips 2019 Android TVs.
- The Google Assistant on Android TV from Philips now supports English, French, German & Spanish with more languages to follow.
- Over 90% of Philips’ 2019 Smart TVs from OLED to the 6000 series support Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.
Amsterdam, January 23, 2019 – Philips TV support for leading voice services expands significantly with the announcement that all 2019 Philips Android TV devices will feature Android 9 Pie, including both the Google Assistant built-in and Works with Alexa capabilities.
Philips TV proprietary Smart TV OS SAPHI will also feature Alexa built-in on the new 6814 LCD TV series.
With Alexa built-in, owners of the Philips TV 6814 series can easily change the channel, or turn up the volume. Just say “Alexa, switch TV to BBC” or “Alexa, switch TV to game console” – all you need to do is ask. And with Alexa built-in, users have access to all of the features customers know and love about the voice service, including the ability to control smart home devices, hear the news and access thousands of skills – all hands-free.
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.”
All Philips 2019 Android TV devices will include Android 9 Pie and a remote control with push-to-talk near-field microphone to allow easy access to Google Assistant.
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.
Google Assistant will be available as part of the latest Android 9 Pie OS. 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.
More than 90% of the new 2019 Philips Smart TV range – from the affordable 6000 series to the premium 8000 series – will also offer Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos compatibility, both over HDMI connection and via the popular streaming services.
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