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LG Completes Appliance Hook Up With Google

Four months after adding Google Assistant to its open platform, virtually all LG smart appliances are now compatible with the chatty virtual helper.

LG first announced the appliance pairing at Google’s I/O developer conference in May. The first wave of compatible products included a laundry pair, range, refrigerator and air purifier under the company’s premium LG Signature badge.

The balance of LG brand smart appliances join the party one year after the majap maker connected with Amazon Alexa at IFA 2016 under its “Open Partnership, Open Platform and Open Connectivity” strategy.

Owners can now control their LG smart appliances via the Google Home wireless speaker or Android and iOS smartphones using the vendor’s SmartThinQ app. Remotely executed tasks include checking the time left on a wash cycle, instructing the fridge to make more ice, preheating the oven, adjusting the temperature setting on an AC, and monitoring the air quality at home using an LG air purifier.

The SmartThinQ system also employs adaptive technology that interprets owners’ usage patterns and data in order to predict their needs, whether it’s for a replacement water filter for the fridge, or to troubleshoot lint buildup in the dryer.

“We’re making smart simple so consumers can enjoy all the convenience today’s connected home can offer without the hassle,” said Dave VanderWaal, marketing VP, LG Electronics USA. “Gone are the days of constantly checking on your laundry cycles or wondering if the kids left the refrigerator door open. With new ways to control your home, a future-ready open platform, and the most extensive range of connected appliances available today, LG smart appliances will change the way you think — and the way you live — for the better.”

To help usher in the new smart partnership, LG is offering a free Google Home speaker with the purchase of a Wi-Fi-enabled LG appliance. The retail promotion runs nationwide from Oct. 8-25.