Roku just announced a ton of new stuff, including version 10.5 of Roku OS and many new streaming devices. One of the standout features in Roku OS 10.5 is the ability to search Spotify with your voice on the OS level, making finding music and podcasts much quicker.
Roku OS 10.5 Is Coming
Roku is making some significant improvements to voice controls with the latest version of its operating system. Now, almost every channel in Roku Search supports the voice feature, including Netflix and Spotify. That means you can find music and podcasts using your voice (or by typing) directly on the OS level, rather than needing to navigate to the Spotify app. The same goes for services like Netflix.
Music and podcasts are becoming a more critical part of the Roku experience. The company is rolling out Roku Search Music and Podcast Row. When you search on Roku, you’ll see music and podcast separated from the other results, making it easier to find what you want.
If you use the free Roku channels, you can now add ones you like directly to the home screen, making getting to the ones you watch all the time quicker and easier.
The mobile app from Roku is getting some improvements, too. You’ll be able to adjust sound settings on your Roku hardware from the mobile app. You can also use the app to make sure your delay is set up correctly for wireless headphones.
Some other notable features of Roku OS 10.5 include new surround sound configurations, Roku Voice Help, and enhancements to Vvice entry for email, password, and PIN for on-screen
keyboards. It’s a substantial update and one that should have Roku device owners rather excited.
Roku OS 10.5 is set to roll out to Roku devices in the coming weeks, so you won’t have to wait too long to get it up and running on all of your Roku streaming devices.
New Roku Streaming Hardware
Roku also announced lots of new hardware for people looking to upgrade. The company put out a new Roku Streaming Stick 4K, which is faster and more powerful than the previous version. It’s $49.99 and features support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+. It even has a voice remote with TV controls. This is set to launch in mid-October, 2021.
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At $69.99, there’s also the Roku Streaming Stick 4K+. It features the Streaming Stick 4K and the Roku Voice Remote Pro, which has a cool feature that lets you find the remote with your voice.
Finally, Roku announced a refreshed version of the Roku Ultra LT with a faster processor, better Wi-Fi, and a $79.99 price tag.