I guess now is the season of streaming media getting voice control. Yesterday I wrote about the Nvidia Shield TV getting Amazon Alexa support and today Roku is getting Google Assistant support. Starting today you can now add Roku as a “Home Control” service in the Google Home app allowing you to control your Roku from a Google Home. Now since there are a lot of Roku devices you will have to make sure you have a compatible device. The list below shows all of the devices.
- Roku 2
- Roku 3
- Roku 4
- Roku Express
- Roku Express+
- Roku Premiere
- Roku Premiere+
- Roku Streaming Stick
- Roku Streaming Stick+
- Roku TV
- Roku Ultra
Once you have added your Roku device as a “Home Control” service in Google Home you will be able to issue commands like:
- “Okay Google, find action films on Roku”
- “Okay Google, launch “Insert Channel Name” on Roku”
- “Okay Google, mute on Roku”
- “Okay Google, pause/fast forward/rewind on Roku”
- “Okay Google, turn on Roku”
- “Okay Google, turn up/down the volume on Roku”
Roku integration with Google Home brings us one step closer to controlling our lives completely by voice and I could not be happier as this is one less thing that I will have to search for a remote to be able to control.
Do you have a compatible Roku and a Google Home? Have you tried this integration? Let me know in the comments below.
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