Google Assistant Offers Official Documentation & Native Support for TVs and Other Devices: Changing Channels & Other Controls With Your Voice Made Easier

For quite some years now, the Google Assistant has been the benchmark when it comes to smart assistants. In your homes and offices, simply saying, “Okay Google!” brings all these inanimate objects to life. Clearly, turning on lights and or other appliances has never been such a hoot. As Google has spread out to make smart homes better, it has added more and more appliances and devices to its roster. TV’s can search for media just by saying the two magical words. Anyway, in a recent update from the company, Android Police posted an article stating Google’s new addition.

According to the article, Google has added its assistant to some new devices. These are three in particular: TVs, set-top boxes and media remotes. While the company has had support for these for quite some time now, there was no official documentation to actually incorporate properly. Of course, you could make google searches or turn these on and or off, but there was no dynamic element to the phenomenon.

Currently, and since the early 2018s, the company has had some major products in its lineups such as Android smart TVs, Logitech Harmony remotes and others. Now though, with the documentation officially there, the manufacturers can add in additional features such as allowing Google to control channel changing, volume up and down, input selection, controlling apps and other functionality.

Of course, it would take some time and obviously the upcoming generation of smart appliances would take full use of it. Additionally, your devices such as the NVIDIA Shield may offer updates to bring this new documentation and addition to your devices. This is a good step in the right direction and may bring in more control over your devices in the future.

Sarmad Burki
Sarmad Burki is a Mathematician and a Economist with a passion for all things gaming and tech. His academics and professional experience combined with tech and gaming adds to his skills giving him a unique ability to observe the tech and gaming industry from various prespectives.