LG Electronics made good Tuesday on last week’s scheduled firmware update announcement saying that new Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit feature support is now available to download to select 2019 LG OLED and most NanoCell 4K UHD TVs with ThinQ AI capability in the United States.

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LG used the notification to boost that it is officially the first global TV manufacturer to support HomeKit. The remaining 4K UHD TV series in LG’s lineup are expected to also receive this update later in 2019, the company said.

LG indicated that the firmware update is now available to all 2019 LG NanoCell 4K TVs except the SM8100 series models.

AirPlay 2 will allow owners of LG 2019 AI TVs to stream video content – including Dolby Vision HDR titles – from iPhone, iPad and Mac devices. Users will be able to stream movies and television shows from the Apple TV app and other video apps as well as view photos.

Users can also play and synch Apple Podcasts, Apple Music and music from personal libraries or other streaming services through the TV and other AirPlay 2-compatible speakers in the home at the same time.

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HomeKit enables users to control a smart home with the Home app or via Siri on Apple devices. LG AI TVs can be easily added to the Home app, from which users can access basic TV functions such as power, volume and source. LG AI TVs can also be added to scenes or automations along with other HomeKit accessories, LG said.

By Greg Tarr

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