Very soon you can communicate with Roku using Google Assistant speakers.
Meanwhile, the other big news is that Roku devices will be updated to Roku OS 9 soon, and when they do they will be getting support for Google Assistant.
In addition, Roku announced Roku OS 8.2, a software update for Roku TVs that will make them compatible with upcoming Roku TV Wireless Speakers; and Roku OS 9, a new software release for Roku streaming players, TVs and wireless speakers.
The company also announced updates to its top-of-the-range streaming player, the Roku Ultra, to feature premium JBL headphones valued at United States dollars 39.95, at the same price of USD 99.99.
The OS 8.2 update lets you use voice commands-either on Roku voice-enabled remotes or via the Roku app on mobile devices-to access and control music services such as iHeartRadio, Pandora, and TuneIn. Speech Clarity will be available via the star menu when Roku TV Wireless Speakers are connected to a Roku TV.
The new stuff is now available to pre-order in the U.S., ready for an 8th October release date, and as previously mentioned there's no official word on whether these devices will be coming to the UK.
First off is the Roku Express and Express+ which are entry-level 4K-ready devices at a budget price starting at $39.99 for the Premiere and $49.99 for the Premiere+. There'll also be Automatic Volume Leveling, which will massage the volume settings so that, as commercials interrupt shows, or as you switch between streaming channels, there shouldn't be jarring changes in volume. This is the company's most affordable streaming hardware yet, delivering HD, 4K Ultra HD, or 4K HDR at a very decent price point.
Previously, the Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+ carried priced tags of $70 and $90, which were not far off from the high-end Roku Ultra that is being sold at $100.
According to Roku, you will be able to ask new questions of Roku using Google Assistant.
Meet The New Roku Stick: Roku Premiere And Roku Premiere+. It's identical to it cheaper cousin - except, notably, the remote has a microphone, so you can search Roku content with your voice.
Those headphones will come in handy too - one of the main differences between this model and the cheaper devices is that users can plug headphones into the Ultra's remote, allowing them to quietly listen to streamed shows or movies without bothering or waking anyone else in their home.
"At under $40, the new Roku Premiere is our lowest-priced 4K streaming player ever, and it's going to give consumers the best picture quality their TV can handle", said Roku.