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


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

Thought-about the restricted display screen actual property, the app is pretty sturdy by way of its function set.

Along with the anticipated media controls — like the flexibility to play and pause what you’re watching –, the app additionally affords 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 probably the most just lately launched to make them simpler to entry. That means, if you happen to all the time watch Netflix, you don’t should scroll down to search 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 “swap to HDMI 1” in your Roku TV, the corporate explains. This can work on Apple Watch variations 1 by means of 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 too can use the Roku Apple Watch app to sign your Roku distant to start out making a noise.

All these options might 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 motion pictures, 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 must obtain or replace your Roku iOS app to the most recent model (6.1.three), and the app will seem in your Watch so long as you haven’t disabled “Computerized App Set up” within the Watch’s Settings.

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