Panasonic started this week with the rollout of a new firmware update for Panasonic 2018 TVs. The update includes the long-awaited support for Google and Amazon voice assistants
Firmware version 3.074 has been rolled out since the beginning of this week and gives users access to the Google Assistant and to Amazon Alexa, both voice assistants. Thanks to this integration, you can control the television by means of voice. However, this requires a compatible speaker as the TVs themselves do not have a microphone.
The update is available for the Panasonic 2018 TVs FZW804 (FZ800) and FZW954 (FZ950) OLED TVs, plus all FX (FXW) LCD models from Panasonic. The update can be downloaded automatically via WiFi, or you can use a USB stick to download the update via the Panasonic website. Panasonic has not yet published a list of compatible voice commands, but chances are that with simple commands you can change channels, input, adjust the volume and switch the TV on or off.
For Dutch and Belgian users, it is likely that the Google Assistant will work immediately, but that the Amazon or UK region must be enabled for Amazon Alexa. This is because Alexa is not yet officially available in the Benelux.