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LG G6 said to pack Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa

by Todd Haselton | January 20, 2017January 20, 2017 1:00 pm PDT

The LG G6 may be packed to the gills with hardware and software features. While no phone outside of the Google Pixel or Google Pixel XL has received support for Google Assistant, that may change with the LG G6. The phone may even adopt Amazon Alexa. Talk about chock-full of brains.

The rumor comes from Business Korea, which said on Friday that “LG Electronics is strengthening cooperation with global companies, such as Google and Amazon, as part of its efforts to promote its sluggish smartphone business.” Smart move, but is there enough evidence that a voice assistant (or two) can sell a smartphone? The Google Pixel XL has been out of stock for a while, though I highly doubt because of the AI. Amazon, too, has started working with smartphone partners to bring Alexa into our palms. The Huawei Mate 9 bound for the US, for example, will soon feature Alexa.

LG’s partnership may be deeper than it appears on the surface, though. Business Korea notes that LG has been tapped to build new Android Wear smartwatches, which other reports have corroborated recently. Perhaps this is more about extending that experience from the wrist to the phone, since that’s a natural fit. Either way, we can’t wait to see what LG has in store for the LG G6. It’s expected to make its debut during the company’s press conference at Mobile World Congress next month.

Business Korea CNET

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...


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