Published on January 7th, 2019 | by Brad Gibson0
CES 2019: Vizio Smart TVs to add AirPlay 2 & HomeKit support later this year
Vizio announced Monday selected smart TVs will gain support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 wireless streaming protocol and the HomeKit smart home platform via a free SmartCast 3.0 over-the-air software update later this year.
AirPlay 2 support will allow users to stream videos, music, photos, and more directly from an iPhone, iPad, and Mac to SmartCast-enabled Vizio TVs, complete with lock screen controls. HomeKit support will enable users to easily control the TV using the Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac or Siri voice commands.
Vizio said the SmartCast 3.0 update will be available to registered beta members in the U.S. and Canada this quarter. The software will be publicly released in the second quarter of this year and will also be preinstalled on Vizio’s entire 2019 smart TV lineup.
The upcoming SmartCast 3.0 update will also add expanded Google Assistant actions for eligible SmartCast TVs. Google Assistant users, for example, will have the ability to use simple voice commands to launch apps, select inputs as well as pause, resume, stop, fast-forward, rewind content, and more.
Amazon Alexa users will also be able to control their TV using an app, Vizio announced.
Apple recently updated its website with information about how AirPlay 2 and HomeKit will be implemented on smart TVs from “leading TV manufacturers,” including Samsung, which is also introducing an iTunes movies and TV shows app in the Spring.