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LG Electronics Launches World's First TV That Supports Arabic Voice Recognition
A TV That Recognizes Arabic Voice Commands
LG Electronics Launches World's First TV That Supports Arabic Voice Recognition
  • By Michael Herh
  • July 23, 2019, 12:04
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A customer tries out an LG Electronics TV that supports Arabic voice commands at a home electronics store in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

LG Electronics has launched the world's first artificial intelligence-powered TV that supports Arabic voice commands.

LG Electronics announced on July 22 that it has loaded Arabic speech recognition functions onto two of its AI-based TV models -- the LG OLED AI ThinQ and the LG Nano Cell AI ThinQ.” The new models will first debut in Saudi Arabia and then in other Middle Eastern markets including Iraq and Jordan.

LG ThinQ functions allow consumers to use TVs without having to press down buttons many times. Voice commands can be used to search for contents and check recommended programs, adjust volume, surf channels and change modes for picture or sound quality. For example, if a user says in Arabic “How is the weather in Jeddah today?” and “Tell me a recipe for a kebab,” they can check related contents on the TV screen. If you say "Turn off the TV at 10:00 p.m.," the TV will turn off at 10:00 p.m. on its own.

Overseas major IT media outlets, including Tom’s Guide of the United States and Computer Builder of Germany, have lavished praises on the LG’s AI-based TV. They said the LG AI TV has the best voice recognition technology among TVs available in the market.

LG Electronics has made TVs with natural language processing functions available in more than 140 countries, double the number of last year. The Korean TV giant expanded its natural language recognition capabilities to include Arabic, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Swedish among others.