Roku places a distant in your wrist with new Apple Watch app

The Roku distant is coming to your wrist. The corporate introduced immediately the launch of an Apple Watch app that allows you to management your Roku system, together with Roku media gamers and choose Roku TVs, with a faucet — similar to the Roku cell app, however sized in your wrist.

Thought of the restricted display screen actual property, the app is pretty sturdy when it comes to its function set.

Along with the anticipated media controls — like the flexibility to play and pause what you’re watching –, the app additionally gives a house button, the choose button (“OK”), a again button and directional arrows. And it features a option to launch your favourite channels, that are organized so as of essentially the most just lately launched to make them simpler to entry. That method, should you all the time watch Netflix, you don’t should scroll down to seek out it.

As well as, the tiny distant app contains voice search performance. To activate, you simply faucet the voice icon, then say issues like “Launch Hulu” or “seek for comedies,” and even change sources, like “change to HDMI 1” in your Roku TV, the corporate explains. It will work on Apple Watch variations 1 via 5.

And in case you have a Roku Extremely or a Roku TV with the Distant Finder performance which makes use of an audible chime to find a misplaced distant management within the sofa cushions, you can even use the Roku Apple Watch app to sign your Roku distant to start out making a noise.

All these options will likely be acquainted to anybody who has already used the Roku distant for smartphones, because the Apple Watch app is only a miniaturized model. The one factor it’s lacking is the flexibility to stream The Roku Channels’ free films, however clearly that’s not a function you’ll need in your wristwatch. (I imply…proper?)

To get the Roku Apple Watch app, you’ll have to obtain or replace your Roku iOS app to the most recent model (6.1.3), and the app will seem in your Watch so long as you haven’t disabled “Automated App Set up” within the Watch’s Settings.


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