Samsung got a head start, but LG is the newest TV maker that combines Apple's AirPlay 2 and HomeKit technologies with the latest premium smart TVs. The company has announced that tomorrow, July 25, it will roll out a firmware update that adds both functions to 2019 OLED TVs, NanoCell TVs and UHD TVs with ThinQ. Some other manufacturers are extending AirPlay 2 to older models, but unfortunately, LG only restricts the feature for this year's TVs.
LG claims to be "the first global TV manufacturer to support HomeKit." That can be said because, although Samsung added AirPlay 2 and a new Apple TV app to its TV & # 39; s earlier this year, Samsung so far has not done the same with HomeKit.
The reasoning is fairly simple, as a hindrance to the consumer: Apple's smart home platform competes directly with Samsung's SmartThings division, which is not a conflict that most other TV makers should be concerned about. So LG adds both from the start. (However, there is no Apple TV app for LG TV & # 39; s yet.)
With AirPlay 2, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac owners can view or listen to content on the TV screen with a tap. HomeKit makes it possible to control LG & # 39; s TV & # 39; s with the Home app or with Siri for "basic TV functions such as power, volume and source." The TV & # 39; s can also be added to scenes or automations that may include other HomeKit accessories.