TP Vision provides Philips TVs with Android TV in the fall of this year with an update to Android Nougat. For the 2017 TV line, the update introduces Google Assistant, which allows users to use voice commands and control smart home devices.
With the arrival of the Google Assistant, owners of a 2017 model from Philips can use the mic button on their remote control to have the assistant answer questions, start movies or series from streaming services and control smart home devices such as Philips Hue . Alternatively, they can use their smartphone with the ‘Android TV remote control’ app for this. The operation is initially in English. According to TP Vision, other European languages will follow later, but the manufacturer did not give details.
TP Vision also announces the AmbiSmart app. This allows owners of a Philips TV with Ambilight from the 2017 line to control the LED lighting on the back of the TVs. For example, they can switch between the Video, Audio and Color modes and adjust the brightness and saturation. In addition, they can control TV functions with the app. The app will be released for Android in September; the iOS version will follow later.