Roku introduced immediately it’s getting ready to roll out the subsequent model of its working system, Roku OS 9.3, which powers its widespread media gamers, TVs, and different gadgets. The flagship function of this newest launch is the introduction of Spanish Language Roku Voice help — which means customers will be capable of converse their voice instructions in Spanish to do issues like launch channels, seek for content material, or management media playback. Different notable additions in Roku OS 9.Three embrace search enhancements, like the brand new visible search outcomes, and an up to date Roku cellular app.
The help for Spanish language voice command will launch within the U.S. and Mexico. Along with asking Roku to launch channels by identify, play or pause or in any other case management the media, voice instructions can be utilized to hunt out content material by title, actor or style.
Plus, when these search outcomes seem, they’re now going to be introduced in a extra visible vogue, beginning within the U.S.
Earlier than, search outcomes had been a listing of matching titles. Following the replace, they’re going to be categorized rows of content material, together with the related films, exhibits, short-form leisure and extra. These will embrace outcomes from Roku’s personal media hub The Roku Channel and different locations to observe, in addition to purchases and leases, sorted by worth.
U.S. customers will even be capable of playback content material from seek for over 50+ streaming channels, when doable, after issuing a voice command to discover a TV present or film. That’s, the content material will simply launch and begin enjoying as an alternative of presenting you with search outcomes to select from.
Like different streamers have executed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Roku has added simpler entry to stay information to its platform. Within the U.S., voice instructions like “present me the information” or “play the information” will direct customers to a Roku Zone with information channels or simply begin streaming stay content material from ABC Information inside The Roku Channel. You too can say “Play the information on…” to launch the named information channel and keep in mind that desire for future instructions.
The Roku cellular app can also be getting an replace with this launch.
The app will function a brand new navigation bar on the prime of the display screen when customers are linked to a Roku machine. This bar will present simpler entry to Roku Search, a shortcut to the distant management display screen, and a brand new icon that shows a dropdown menu of gadgets for switching between the completely different Roku gadgets of their house they wish to management. There are additionally fast entry icons for launching cellular app options — like browse or launching latest channels — with out exiting the distant display screen.
Just a few updates for worldwide markets embrace an improved Roku Voice expertise in Canada, Eire, and the U.Okay.. This introduces a greater diversity of instructions for search, like “Present me…” or “I wish to watch…” These markets will now have media playback controls and machine management (e.g. “activate closed captions), too.
In Canada, Mexico, and the U.Okay., customers will be capable of management their Roku gamers and TVs utilizing Alexa gadgets or Google Assistant gadgets.
In additional minor adjustments, Roku has organized Residence Display wallpapers and screensavers beneath the “Theme” menu and launched “Theme Packs,” which supply each a wallpaper and screensaver collectively. The gadgets will even see efficiency enhancements, particularly discount in addition occasions, sooner launch occasions for a variety of channels, a extra responsive Residence Display, and sooner navigation.
For Roku audio gadgets, together with the Roku Good Soundbar and Roku TV, customers will be capable of entry for soundbar settings from the TV interface; pair exterior gadgets (like a telephone) for playback by way of Bluetooth; or pair different Roku audio merchandise to the soundbar, just like the Wi-fi Subwoofer or Wi-fi Audio system.
The replace will roll out to pick out gamers in April and to all different streaming gamers, together with audio gadgets, within the weeks forward. Roku TVs will get the replace in later months.