Those of you who buy a Samsung smart TV in 2014 should find it easier to flip channels, open apps, and run other tasks.
Samsung has fine-tuned its voice interaction service, which helps you control the TV through natural language voice commands. As one example, the current crop of Samsung smart TVs force you to utter two commands to change the channel: “Channel Change” and “Channel Number.” Next year’s sets will require you to speak just the channel number.
You’ll also be able to use voice shortcuts to open a Web site or app, according to Samsung. And when you search by voice for certain information, such as weather, stock prices, and sports scores, a window will pop up with search results. The voice feature will expand to 12 more markets next year for a total of 23 countries.