Since the CEDIA show, specific home theater news has been somewhat thin on the ground, to say the least. However, for home automation fans, VIZIO has today announced the introduction of expanded Google Assistant actions for VIZIO SmartCast TVs, which promise to give access to a wider range of voice control features. SmartCast TV users with a Google Home or Google Assistant-enabled device (such as the Google Home Hub) will have the ability to use voice commands for input selection as well as pausing, resuming, stopping, fast-forwarding and rewinding content. VIZIO and other partners like Google, are continuing to work together to deliver an ‘open and expansive ecosystem model,’ according to the company. The new VIZIO SmartCast features for Google Assistant will be available to VIZIO SmartCast TV customers in the coming weeks.

“VIZIO is a voice control leader in the smart TV industry, and with the demand for hands-free functionalities continuing to rise, VIZIO remains dedicated to delivering added value by integrating voice features for an enhanced overall user experience,” said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. “With the introduction of expanded Google Assistant actions, we’re excited to give VIZIO customers the ability to further integrate their SmartCast TVs into their connected smart home ecosystems.”

VIZIO SmartCast will allow Google Home voice control users to pause, resume, rewind, or fast forward content playing on a VIZIO Smart TV by saying “Hey Google” and followed by a command. This functionality also crosses over into volume control, plus allows users to switch a TVs’ input. SmartCast TVs will give owners ‘an unparalleled smart TV experience’ and are supported by both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The 4K Ultra HD and HDR TVs give access to thousands of Google Chromecast-enabled apps.


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