Since Google left behind the Nexus to introduce the Pixel a few months ago we have witnessed many changes in the ecosystem of Google, and one of them has been the launch of Google Assistant, in principle and exclusive to the Pixel. Google Assistant is the virtual assistant app of the American company that comes to compete with Siri and Cortana. Soon we can find Google Assistant on more devices than on smartphones, such as Android TV.
Sony’s Android TV will be the first to have Google Assistant. The Japanese company has confirmed today that its line of Bravia 4K TVs will incorporate Google Assistant, good news if you plan to use this wizard or otherwise if you value your privacy in this regard.
Google Assistant will have some special features for Android TV, such as allowing you to change the signal input you are using, or launching applications like Netflix and manage the volume only using your voice. A comfort that will make you forget the remote control of your TV.
However, do not expect to buy a new model from Sony and have Google Assistant factory, as the Japanese company will introduce it to their TVs using a firmware update that will start shipping later this year.
We are happy that Google begins to make available to all manufacturers their new assistant, and also extend it to more platforms than smartphones, just like Apple has done with Siri. However, we feel that its distribution is delaying quite a bit. Frankly, I see logical on the part of Google to not present a new service if you are not prepared to give it to all your users.