LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Whirlpool Corporation is making its connected appliances more intuitive and personalized than ever before. At CES® 2019, the company will showcase upcoming upgrades to its Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice capabilities that include simplified command structures, as well as multi-language functionality for regions around the world.†
Through the upgrades, owners of compatible, connected appliances from brands across Whirlpool Corporation's portfolio can tap into more user-friendly, simplified commands for their ovens, dishwashers and more. Specific brand names are no longer needed when requesting the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa complete an action. Consumers will be able to say simply, "Hey Google, preheat the oven to 350 degrees," or "Alexa, set the oven timer to five minutes."
"Each year the smart home becomes more intuitive and personalized to our everyday routines and habits," said Jason Mathew, senior director, global connected strategy for Whirlpool Corporation. "Voice commands, as a component of the smart home ecosystem, should be no different. This is Voice 2.0 - simpler, smoother, and most importantly - smarter, so families can experience a more connected smart home ecosystem."
In addition, actions for the Google Assistant will be available in multiple languages for owners of select Whirlpool Corporation connected appliances in more than 20 countries across the globe. Whirlpool consumers will be able to enjoy voice command capabilities through smart speakers, like the Google Home in Canada, Mexico, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, the UK and India.*
These upgrades and global expansion of voice command capabilities are among several smart home product announcements from the appliance maker at CES® 2019. From January 8-11, CES® attendees can get up close to all of Whirlpool Corporation's innovations at booth #41925 in the Smart Home section, located at the Sands Expo Center.
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* Availability will vary based on appliance type.
† Features subject to change. Compatible connected appliance required. Details and privacy info at whirlpool.com/connect. Appliance must be set to Remote Enable.
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About Whirlpool Corporation:
Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the world's leading major home appliance company, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 92,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2017. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. Additional information about the company can be found at WhirlpoolCorp.com, or find us on Twitter at @WhirlpoolCorp.
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