New reports have indicated that LG’s forthcoming flagship, the G6, could be the first general Android smartphone to launch with Google Assistant onboard.
While we won’t get a glimpse of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 at MWC 2017, we will see LG’s forthcoming flagship in the form of the G6; and, if new reports prove accurate, the device could bring a highly anticipated feature to the general Android market.
While LG has previously teased that the G6 would come with its own AI assistant built-in, the company declined to give a name to what system the device would use. Samsung is rumoured to be working on its own AI companion, while HTC has comparatively debuted Sense Companion and Huawei has chosen Alexa as the brains of its US smartphone operation.
Now, reports from South Korean media outlets have revealed that the LG G6 could be the very first general Android phone to sport Google Assistant; previously, Google’s AI software has been limited to its own Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones as a purchase incentive.
The move would not be without precedent; LG has historical ties with Google dating back to the Nexus programme, where the company most recently produced the Nexus 5X. Further, LG’s recent V20 was the first general Android smartphone to release with Android 7.0 Nougat on board.
The news that LG might have early access to Google Assistant is then somewhat unsurprising, but is nonetheless thrilling for consumers around the world who’ve been waiting to try out Google’s vision of an AI-first future.
The LG G6 will be revealed on February 26th at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and is expected to debut with a display bearing an 18:9 (or 2:1) aspect ratio.
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