LG G6 Might Be First Smartphone Not From Google with Google Assistant


Google Assistant is the smart Artificial Intelligent-powered virtual assistant found in Google’s Pixel smartphones, Google Home and the Allo messaging application. Despite Google building an entire Android experience centred on Assistant, so far that has been limited to the few that can lay their hands on the elusive Pixel and Pixel XL devices.

That could change soon.

According to Korean media, LG’s next flagship smartphone, the G6, may arrive with Google Assistant in tow as the Korean electronics company seeks to revamp interest in its smartphones after a not-so-good 2016.

And it is not just Google Assistant that is in question here. Since LG already has a collaboration with Amazon that sees the online retailer’s own smart virtual assistant, Alexa, incorporated in various LG smart home appliances like those demoed at this year’s CES, the door could be open for Alexa showing up in LG devices as well.

For now, besides LG’s upcoming flagship smartphone, Google Assistant will also likely show up in other LG products: smartwatches. While Google has been rumoured for a while to be working on its own “Pixel” smartwatches, it is now understood that it is partnering with LG and it is these LG smartwatches that are expected to be the first to showcase Android Wear 2.0 when it debuts next month.

LG is set to announce the G6 on February 26th at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain.