If word on the street is to be believed, then the upcoming LG G6 might be the first ever third-party smartphone to come with Google Assistant built in. Google’s Pixel phones are the only two devices that offer this functionality right now.
Of course, Assistant can indeed be used on other devices via the Allo app, but having it built into the software allows users to activate it via voice commands or by simply long-pressing the home button. The LG G6 which is scheduled to be unveiled on February 26 will score a big advantage over the Galaxy S8 if it manages to bake Google’s AI tool into itself.
According to a report from Business Korea cited by GSM Arena, LG has approached Google to let go of Assistant’s exclusivity to its Pixel phones. Its argument is made strong by the fact that the said AI service will be built into the two upcoming Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches which will also be made by LG.
Besides, there’s no denying the fact that LG has been responsible for building three Nexus smartphones for the search giant in the past. But if Google does not budge, word is that the company will turn to Amazon next for integrating Alexa into the device.
The LG G6 is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset, and come enclosed in a waterproof shell. Its display will apparently have a weird 18:9 aspect ratio, making it taller than other similar panels.