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First It Was Aldi 4K Chromecast TV’s, Now Philips Goes With Google Smarts

At Aldi, the recently launched 58″ Ultra High Definition 4K Bauhn TV with Google Chromecast has been a “roaring success, now it’s been revealed that Philips is set to release a TV with Chromecast built in.

According to Philips their Chromecast-enabled TV’s are now being shipped in the US market.

In Australia Philips TV’s are set to be ranged at Big W.

The Philips 5000-series TVs, which first debuted at CES in January and now has the Chromecast unit built in, enables users to “cast” content from a mobile device or laptop.

More than 1,000 apps are available for casting, and consumers can control the content on the TV via mobile device or voice.

A new feature that displays information on the TV in response to certain voice commands will be functional in early 2018 claim Philips.

The TVs also work with Google Home powered by the Google Assistant.

Other details include high dynamic range (HDR), 120Hz frame rate, 4K up-scaling, and 802.11ac wireless LAN with MIMO antennas, while Sonic Emotion Premium and Absolute 3D sound technologies are designed to provide immersive 3D sound with a precise soundstage and clear dialog.

At the top end of the market, global shipments of OLED TVs in 2017 are expected to more than double from a year earlier to reach two million units, according to an industry estimate.

LG Electronics is likely to ship 1.5 million OLED TVs in 2017 compared to nearly 900,000 units shipped a year ago, and will continue to maintain its leading market position in the segment, said industry sources.

Sony and Panasonic will join the OLED TV bandwagon in Australia shortly with Panasonic set to launch their new model in July followed by Sony.

It’s expected that Sony and Panasonic will ship 300,000 and 200,000 OLED TVs, respectively, during the next 12 months.

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