Roku is ushering in Roku OS 9.3, a new operating system focused on helping customers find their content faster, to its streaming devices in the coming weeks.
Roku announced the new OS on March 31, and it’s set to roll out “in the coming weeks,” according to a press release. Among the new features, the update includes Roku Voice enhancements, improvements to overall performance, and new customization options.
Roku didn’t give a specific release date, saying OS 9.3 will start rolling out to select
Roku Voice enhancements get the most attention with this update. For instance,
Results when searching by voice will also be presented from a visual perspective, with categorized rows that include relevant movies, shows, and short-form entertainment to help viewers find what they’re looking for more quickly. You can also say a phrase like “show me the news” and your Roku device will direct you to a “
More than 50 streaming channels will now support direct playback when using Roku Voice. On the international front,
While it is very voice-oriented, Roku OS 9.3 does have plenty of other new features. The operating system will allow for better customization, with wallpapers and screensavers being accessible from a single “theme” menu in the settings tab. Performance gets a boost, too, with lower boot times, faster launch times for certain channels, a more responsive home screen, and quicker navigation when using certain features.
Audio, specifically Roku’s Smart Soundbar and Roku TV connectivity, will also get some help. You will also now be able to access more soundbar settings directly from the TV interface, meaning you won’t have to toggle between different menus or use multiple remotes. And, in the
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