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LG revamping SmartThinQ app with Google Assistant voice commands for your fridge

LG is getting set to roll out an update to its SmartThinQ app that could change the way people use its smart home appliances: it will incorporate Google Assistant to recognize vocal commands for its Wi-Fi enabled laundry machines, refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, air conditioners, and other devices.

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LG expands its list of Assistant-compatible appliances, offers free Google Home with every new purchase

LG announced its Google Home integration back in May, but at the time only a few models from its Signature line of appliances was compatible with the Assistant. LG is expanding this list now to 87 WiFi-connected refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, vacuums, air purifiers, A/Cs, and more.

The integration first requires your appliance to be set up through the LG SmartThinQ app (wow, terrible ratings), and then you have to link that to your Assistant. LG isn't a first-party partner yet (it's not in the Home Control section like Hue and Nest), so you'll have to search through Assistant's integrations (blue icon on the top right when launching Assistant on a phone) to find it.

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LG Announces New Hub For Managing Its SmartThinQ Appliances And Other Smart Home Gadgets

There are many ways you could go about filling your home with connected devices. You can pick a standard like ZigBee or Z-Wave and stick to it. You could try looking for anything that mentions SmartThings compatibility on the page. Or you could buy all of your products from a single company. That's the approach LG would like you to take.

Like Samsung, LG has produced fridges, kitchen ranges, washing machines, and dryers with touchscreens and "smart" features. At this year's CES it's introducing a new hub that can help you keep up with those appliances.

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