Roku is one of the most popular home streaming platforms, which provides the simplest way to stream entertainment to your TV. As per reports, Roku is finally getting a rechargeable remote control. A new version of its remote control for its set-top boxes, which is named Roku Voice Remote Pro.
The Roku Voice Remote Pro comes with a built-in rechargeable battery instead of AAA batteries as per Zatz Not Funny. Thus it eliminates the need to keep a supply of batteries on hand. This new remote can recharged by using a USB cable. This new rechargeable remote obviously comes with the “voice” recognition functionality as the name implies.
Many television remote controls use traditional alkaline batteries instead of built-in rechargeable batteries. You need to replace those alkaline batteries from time to time. If you don’t want to deal with that hassle then built-in rechargeable batteries are the way to go. It seems that the availability of the Roku Voice Remote Pro limited and you may not be able to get one any time soon.
Roku Voice Control Pro Details, as per sources
According to the post on Reddit about the Roku Voice Remote Pro. It seems like Roku initially sent out test remote controls to some of its customers. This new remote control features a built-in battery which is rechargeable but non-removable. Along with similar controls like the Apple TV’s remote.
Based on the screenshots, we can say that some of the buttons on the remote can customized to link personal shortcuts. This means you can program the remote to your own liking based on your preference. Oddly this new Roku Voice Remote Pro still uses micro USB to charge rather than the USB-C. However, given that these apparently test units the final product may change.
Along with the rechargeable ability of this Roku Voice pro remote, it comes with the expected voice feature and a lost remote finder. Also the remote moreover has two user shortcut buttons in the place where normally the dedicated streaming service buttons will be there.
New Voice Remote Pro availability
As a part of Roku’s Early Access Program, it is offering the new Voice Remote Pro. This means you have very little chance to get it as long as the supplies last. According to a post on Reddit, which was first spotted by Zatz Not Funny. Informes that a limited-time offer is going on with the voice remote pro with a rechargeable battery. It offered at $29.99 USD.
There is no clear information about when this Roku Voice Remote Pro will made available for everyone. And if any changes will take place before that wider availability, assuming the company proceeds further with the full version launch of the product.
However, the leaked image also indicates that only 2,000 units are currently being sold. If you are a Roku user then possibly this might be something to keep an eye out for.
A spokesperson from Roku informed about rechargeable battery
“We are continuously working on bringing new products and features for Roku users. And part of that process is testing new ideas publicly with a small set of our customers.”
The Reddit thread also consists of comments from people who had the privilege to test the device. Reddit user Gnascher said that “It’s easily the best Roku remote till this date” It comes with all the features of the other top-tier remotes while also adding “Hey Roku style voice control” and built-in battery. The Voice command feature works really well as per users who tested the remote.
The free Roku mobile app comes with a remote feature
The Roku mobile app can also be used as an alternative to the Roku Remote. This is a free application that is available for both Android and iOS devices. With this, you can turn your mobile phone into a control center for your Roku player or Roku TV. The online remote feature from this app will let You control the Roku devices just by using your mobile device.
With the Roku mobile app, you can quickly search thousands of channels by using your voice or mobile keyboard. You can check where movies and shows are available to watch for free or for a lower cost. Now you can also browse entertainment in your favorite genres with Roku Zones on the search page
Control any Roku device with Voice control
Similar to the new Roku Voice Remote Pro, the mobile app version also supports a voice control feature. Just simply tap the voice icon and say a command. A command can be used for searching, launching entertainment, controlling your streaming, and many more. These Voice controls are available in English and Spanish.
Free TV on the go
You can stream the Roku channel and enjoy TV shows, live channels, and many more anytime. You can start watching at home and then pick up where you left off on the go from your mobile.
Cast photos and more on your TV
By using the Roku mobile app you can share photos, videos, and music from your compatible smartphone or tablet directly to your TV. Experience fantastic slideshows and videos on the big screen. You can even let your friends share photos and videos from your mobile device at the same time.
These are the details that you need to know about the new Roku Voice Remote Pro. This new remote pro comes with a built-in rechargeable battery. Along with features including lost remote finder option and hands-free voice controls. But it charges via Micro-USB rather than the modern USB-C. Hopefully, Roku will upgrade this before it launches the Voice Remote Pro to a wider audience.