LG had previously announced that they were looking to infuse their smart home products with the Google Assistant. If that initial test was a trial, then this wide expansion is a marathon: it’s now available in 87 more LG appliances.
Those appliances include washing machines and dryers, refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, vacuums, air purifiers and more. Users can talk to Google Assistant — whether through their phones or something like Google Home — to get updates on their machines’ status.
LG smart appliance owners can now have the Google Assistant help them around the house with their connected LG appliances, all hands free. For example, they can use simple voice commands on their phone or anywhere within range of the Assistant on Google Home to check the time remaining during wash cycles on their washing machine, tell their LG refrigerator to make more ice, turn off their range after cooking, adjust thermostat settings on their LG air conditioner and even check the air quality level in the home using their LG air purifier.
You can customize settings and profileas within one centralized app called LG SmartThinQ, and the app will also work to learn your habits over time so it can predict what you need to do when you need to do it.
It’s a pretty massive expansion by LG, though Google probably stands to benefit most from this army of Assistant-capable smart home products. It’s not that the Google Assistant wasn’t good, it just wasn’t capable enough to start. But thanks to the ongoing tender love and care — including full SDKs for third-party tinkering — it’s starting to pop up in almost every type of device you can think of.