VIZIO has announced SmartCast 4.0, the latest upgrade to the smart TV platform for streaming, system control, and entertainment sharing. The update should bring a faster, more personalized experience to SmartCast users allowing quicker access to entertainment options. The company is also introducing a new push-to-talk Voice Remote to make content access more streamlined via voice commands, while also supporting smart home queries.
“As the opportunities for a connected home grow rapidly, we’ve doubled down on our commitment to making VIZIO SmartCast TVs the center of the smart home,” said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. “With our expanded U.S.-based engineering teams and collaboration with industry leaders, including Apple, Google, and Amazon, we’ve developed best-in-class streaming capabilities and IoT integrations.”
The push-to-talk functionality of Voice Remote allows users to click and speak directly into the remote to control the TV. The idea of using a button means not having to navigate false wakeups activating the microphone. Users can launch apps and switch picture modes, pose more complex queries in a single request, search Wikipedia, check the weather etc. SmartCast TVs are already compatible with Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa devices, so you can pair up devices to the TV.
VIZIO says the new SmartCast 4.0 platform is faster in operation with quicker startup and load times, easier input switching, and more remote-control responsiveness. A redesigned search experience and expanded catalog of features also helps users find preferred content. Over-the-air software updates for performance and personalization are available for TVs going back as far as 2016. The platform will begin to roll out to SmartCast TVs this year. For more information, go to VIZIO’s SmartCast page here.