Roku OS updates are coming. The company has just unveiled a series of new features aimed at enhancing the streaming experience for its users, including a new feature that allows you to stream your Google Photo albums onto the Roku screensaver. These updates are scheduled to be rolled out in the coming months, coinciding with the release of the latest Roku OS 12.5 and are focused on offering users greater personalization.
These new Roku updates span across a range of areas, including content discovery features, Sports, Live TV, What to Watch, Music Playlists, and Roku Photo Streams.
For instance, sports fans can now use the new “Favoriting” feature to track sporting events involving their favorite teams or enjoy the “Highlights” feature, which offers short clips highlighting key moments from missed sport events.
In addition to this, Roku updates to the Live TV feature will deliver a more personalized Live TV Channel Guide tailored to each user’s viewing habits. Roku also announced fresh discovery updates for its “What to Watch” feature and the Roku Mobile App.
“What to Watch” is getting new categorization options to streamline content discovery, eliminating the need for lengthy searches to find new content. Roku also disclosed improvements to the visual and immersive aspects of the search features on the Roku Mobile App.
In addition to content updates, the upcoming Roku updates also aim to elevate the overall listening experience. Roku is set to introduce new controls and enhanced recommendations, among other improvements, all geared towards enhancing user satisfaction.
The company also unveiled a collaboration with Warner Music Group, bringing 75 playlists to The Roku Channel. This includes five exclusive channels featuring music legends such as Debbie Gibson, Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, Kathy Sledge, Nile Rodgers, and Paul Rodgers.
Lastly, Roku has announced a new Google Photos integration with Roku Photo Streams, which will allow users to conveniently upload and share images and albums directly from Google Photos. Furthermore, expert picture settings are on the horizon for Roku’s 4K devices, granting users the ability to fine-tune their TV settings to match their preferred visual experience.
Other Noteworthy Roku Updates
Roku users who have a Camera subscription can now conveniently access their recording history directly from the Camera app for their Roku Smart Home Video Doorbell. Moreover, they will receive notifications directly on their Roku streaming players and Roku TVs from their Roku Cameras and Doorbell.
Roku also made an announcement regarding the availability of its Roku Express 4K with Voice Remote Pro, which is now exclusively offered to U.S. customers through Amazon, priced at $49.99.