LG G7 ThinQ, the upcoming flagship smartphone made by the South Korean company, is said to have a dedicated physical button for Google Assistant, according to media sources.
A report of CNET says the Google Assistant button will be located on the left side of the phone, while the power button remains on the right.
LG will hold a special event in New York City to unveil the new phone on May 2. The company has declined to comment on the report so far.
If the source are correct, LG will follow a strategy similar to that of Samsung, which put a physical button on its flagship smartphone to call up Bixby, its in-house artificial intelligence (AI) digital assistant.
Back in February Google announced plans to push for Google Assistant’s deeper integration into third-party devices and apps. LG, Sony and Xiaomi confirmed to be getting on board at the time.
LG has partnered closely with Google. Its smart TVs and several home appliances begin to support Google Assistant in 2017. With the launch of LG G7 ThinQ, the South Korean company looks ready to push this partnership further.
There will be Google Assistant custom commands made for LG, according to the sources. However, just like Samsung’s Bixby button, the Google Assistant on LG’s phone cannot be programmed to call up another app. The button is dedicated to using the assistant for further functions.
This will make smart home control easier, because users can now use Google Assistant on their smartphones. For consumers who don’t own a Google Home speaker, they can now ask the assistant to turn on the light or lock the front door simply by pressing a button on the phone.
Google’s own-brand smartphones, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, can be used to call up the assistant also.