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"LG ThinQ WK9 combines Google Assistant, awesome speakers and an 8" screen

11 January 2018, 06:12 | Jodi Jackson

"LG ThinQ WK9 combines Google Assistant, awesome speakers and an 8" screen

It will work with all generations of Dish's Hopper DVR, all models of its Joey client, and its Wally single-tuner HD receiver. In addition to the Google Assistant, DISH's voice control technology suite includes a recently released voice remote that ships at no extra cost with all Hopper DVRs. Right now, there was no mention of recording, but that limitation is also with Alexa. It's a fairly direct third-party skill that doesn't incorporate TiVo's own voice search commands into the system.

As presented at the CES convention (NET NEWS, 1/10), NPR and EDISON RESEARCH survey found continued and rapid increases in ownership of voice-activated smart speakers, and their increasing influence these devices are having on consumer behavior.

If it seems like the Google Assistant is everywhere, that's kind of because it is.

"Google Assistant will follow you, from your phone...or from future headphones that will have a voice assistant built in. We're excited to bring the LINK View to market with JBL and are committed to deliver a helpful, visual Google Assistant experience".

It also adds SMS and other text message support to the TiVo, letting you set up IFTTT recipes to display incoming text messages on your TV. The front-facing camera will come in handy for video calling, using Google Duo.

Lou Schreurs, VP, Connected Home & Luxury Audio BU, General Management says, "When we launched the LINK series previous year it represented a major milestone for us, as the first voice-activated, multi-room speakers to use Google Assistant and deliver Grammy award-winning JBL sound".

The controls are pretty much what you'd expect - you can request specific channel names or numbers, find shows and movies by name or actor, fast forward, pause, resume and the like.

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