Roku announced today that Roku Voice is now available in Spanish for Mexico. The company had reported the launch in late March. The tool will allow users to find their favorite entertainment options and control their streaming experience on Roku using voice commands in Spanish. As the company officially reported, this is part of Roku OS 9.3, a free, automatic software update that will be implemented on Roku devices in the coming weeks.
‘Voice is one of the most requested features by our clients in Mexico and we are delighted to provide them with this experience’, said Arthur van Rest, International VP at Roku. ‘Today, people are streaming content in their homes more than ever, and we want it to be easier for families to quickly find their favorite shows, navigate in new ways, and easily control their experience with a focus on entertainment’, he added.
To enable Roku Voice, users will need to press the microphone or the magnifying glass button on their Roku remote controls to issue a voice command. If the already mentioned button is not available on Roku remote controls, users will need to download the Roku mobile app for free, available on iOS and Android, on their smartphones and use the microphone button, from the app. Through voice commands, apart from searching for movies or TV shows, Roku users can also request to open DirecTV GO or Cinepolis Klic. Roku Voice allows users to find content by searching for titles, actors, genres, shows, and other available options. Search results will be displayed by price, allowing to find freely available movies and TV shows, together with subscription content and content to rent.
Roku users in Mexico will be able to control the brand’s devices and Roku TVs by talking to devices enabled for Alexa and Google Assistant, which they already have in their homes. Additionally, Roku’s mobile app will offer a new navigation bar across the top of the brand’s mobile device screen, providing access to Roku Search, a new icon that displays a drop-down menu designed for users to switch between Roku devices that they want to control with their mobile application, and a direct access to the remote screen. The redesign includes quick access icons, so users can launch useful mobile app functions without the need to leave the remote screen, and includes the ability to browse and / or launch their recently viewed channels directly from the remote screen, together with others also available functions.
Roku OS 9.3 will soon be implemented in selected Roku devices this month and is expected to release on all supported Roku devices in the coming weeks. Roku TV models are expected to receive the update in phases in the coming months. Roku Voice in Spanish, Works with Amazon Alexa and Works with Google Assistant are also expected to be available in Mexico in early May.