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'Hey Google, Are My Dishes Clean': GE Appliances Is First with Full Suites of Connected Appliances that Work Directly with the Google Assistant™

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GE Appliances (GEA), a Haier company, announced today it is the first
manufacturer to offer full suites of connected appliances that work
directly with the Google Assistant,* bringing consumers the widest
selection of options and styles available for building a smart home
without the extra steps.

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GE Appliances is the first manufacturer to offer full suites of connected appliances that work direc ...

GE Appliances is the first manufacturer to offer full suites of connected appliances that work directly with the Google Assistant, bringing consumers the widest selection of options and styles available for building a smart home without the extra steps. (Photo: GE Appliances, a Haier company)

As a trailblazer in Internet of Things (IoT) technology for the home, GE
Appliances collaborated with Google to make its many connected kitchen,
laundry and comfort products even more convenient and clever.
Previously, it was necessary to use GE Appliances' Geneva Home Action to
have a conversation with Google, but now you can skip the Geneva step
altogether. Instead of saying, "Hey Google, ask Geneva Home to preheat
the oven to 425 degrees," just say, "Hey Google, preheat the oven to 425
degrees."

"For GE Appliances, connected leadership starts with consumer tech that
is purposeful and practical," said Shawn Stover, vice president of GE
Appliances' SmartHome Solutions team. "Working with Google, we have
created a more natural way to communicate with your appliances that
allows you to speak your request like you would with any friend or
family member who's helping around the house."

According to Stover, product owners want connected convenience that
enables a way of life that didn't exist just a few years ago. In
response, GE Appliances delivered a complete lineup of WiFi Connect
appliances that talk directly to the Google Assistant, creating simple
solutions and efficiencies within the home.

"Building the strongest roster of smart products that play perfectly
together is how we'll continue to win across all consumer segments, from
the first-time buyer to the smart home aficionado," Stover said.

Something Exciting for Everyone

Offering a full range of products that include connected refrigerators,
ovens, ventilation hoods, dishwashers, air conditioners, washers and
dryers, GE
Appliances has the appliances consumers need to furnish their smart homes
.
In fact, shoppers can select from five distinct brands offering a
variety of looks and features to fit any budget. From the subtle
elegance of Monogram® appliances to the soft luster of the
Café™ collection to the classic look of GE Profile™, GE®
appliances and Haier brand products, there's something smart and stylish
for everyone who wants to make their connected kitchen or laundry room a
reality.

"Whether you rank style or performance as the primary feature you seek
for appliances, we've got it," Stover said. "We have many models to
choose from, and there's a lot our appliances can do through Actions for
the Google Assistant. You can ask the Google Assistant how much time is
left on the washer cycle, if the dishes in the dishwasher are clean, to
extend the tumble dry cycle or to turn off the air. It's a continuing
conversation you can have that gets more intuitive as you add more
appliances to the mix."

"Over the past year, we've been working closely with top brands like GE
Appliances to make it easier than ever to do your daily chores by
controlling your home appliances, from dishwashers to refrigerators,
directly with the Google Assistant," said Michele Turner, director,
Smart Home Ecosystem, Google. "Our integration with GE Appliances lets
people speak naturally to the Google Assistant to get things done
quickly around the home using just their voice to control GE Appliances'
full suites of connected appliances."

One Platform to Live On

GE Appliances uses the U+ Connect platform as the "smart connection"
that seamlessly integrates the Google Assistant with appliances. Through
an open interface protocol, the platform allows for "dialogues" that
enable a variety of appliances and services to connect.

"Simply link your account in the Google Home app to U+ Connect, and you
are ready to go," added Stover. "The platform is highly expandable, so
you can connect the appliances you buy today or in six months and know
they will sync up without a problem. The same goes for our current
connected appliance owners as well. The platform is backward-compatible,
so you get all the new functionality too."

U+ Connect also works with other partners like Nest Labs, Innit®,
Drop and other third-party integrations. This makes the platform a
powerful tool for not only managing and monitoring appliances, but also
improving the security and comfort of the home or trying out tempting
new recipes.

Already Connected? Just Update!

Can't remember if your appliance has WiFi Connect capability? Simply enter
your model number here
. Support
by product line
is also available to help owners connect and take
control of their AI concierge.

Check
out GE Appliances' full line of WiFi Connect products.

*Based on currently available Google Direct Action packages for
extending the Google Assistant capabilities

About GE Appliances WiFi-Connected Technology

GE Appliances, a Haier company, a leader in WiFi-connected appliance
technology, makes owners' lives easier while improving their daily
routines. With its connected suites of GE Appliances, owners can monitor
and maintain their home from virtually anywhere. From the kitchen to the
laundry room, connected products work with Amazon Alexa®, the
Google Assistant™, Apple® HomeKit™, Amazon Dash Replenishment®,
Nest Labs, Drop, IFTTT and Innit®—allowing owners to stay on
top of their appliances from near or far using their voice or a mobile
device. Connected appliances also are updated remotely with new
capabilities and can assess their own performance, allowing for
unparalleled service. To learn more, visit http://www.geappliances.com/ge/connected-appliances/.

About GE Appliances

GE Appliances, a Haier company, creates "good things, for life" through
our passion for great appliances and the happiness they can bring to
every household. With the Hotpoint, GE®, Haier, Café™, GE
Profile™ and Monogram® brands, owners have more choices for
making their kitchens and homes amazing each day. Our products include
refrigerators, freezers, cooking products, dishwashers, washers, dryers,
air conditioners and water filtration systems. For more information,
visit www.geappliances.com/our-company.

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