Roku announced that the Google Assistant is now available on its newer living room set-top boxes and smart TVs in the U.S.
“Linking your Google Home app and Roku account allows you to control your Roku device using your Google Assistant devices,” Roku’s Ilya Asnis announced. “You can search for movies and TV shows, control media playback to play, pause, fast forward and more. Additional functionality, such as turning a Roku TV on or off, volume control and switching inputs is available if using a Roku TV.”
Roku first announced that Google Assistant compatibility was coming to “select” Roku devices in late September when it launched its new 2018 lineup of set-top boxes.
But device compatibility looks pretty broad: Roku says that Google Compatibility is available as part of Roku OS 8.1 or above, albeit in the U.S. only. It works with the Roku TV, plus the Roku Express (3700X, 3900X), Roku Express+ (3710X, 3910X), Roku Streaming Stick (3600X, 3800X), Roku Streaming Stick+ (3810X), Roku 2 (4210X), Roku 3 (4200X, 4230X), Roku 4 (4400X), Roku Premiere (3920X,4620X), Roku Premiere+ (3921X,4630X), and Roku Ultra (4640X, 4660X, 4661X).
If you have a Fast TV Start-compatible smart TV, you can also use Google Assistant voice commands to turn on your TV. And those with an HDTV antenna connected to their Roku TV can likewise use voice commands to change channels on their TV tuner.