Roku has unveiled a brand new Streaming Stick, as well as a new operating system. The Roku Streaming Stick 4K will be rolling out in October, while Roku OS 10.5 will roll out over the next few weeks.
The Roku Streaming Stick supports 4K Dolby Vision and HDR10+ and has a quad core processor – something that Roku says speeds up streaming up to 30% faster than previous products. The wireless receiver is also said to offer nearly double the speed of Wi-Fi, which means streaming will be faster than ever.
The new 4K Streaming Stick also includes voice commands on the remote as well as the ability to pair them with Apple’s HomeKit with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri.
The streaming stick plugs directly into the back of the TV and offers a simple Roku interface with all the major apps like Netflix and Disney Plus, as well as The Roku Channel, which includes over 25,000 hours of free content for users.
Roku released the Roku Express 4K earlier this year, but it didn’t include support for Dolby Vision or Voice Remote.
In the UK, the Roku Streaming Stick 4K will cost around £49.99, which is £10 more than the Roku Express 4K. When it goes on sale next month, it’ll likely be available for purchase directly from Roku and other third-party retailers like Amazon and Currys.
Roku OS 10.5 was also announced today. The new software update brings an extension to apps that support Roku voice commands for direct playback, including Netflix and Spotify.
The Roku mobile app will feature a new Home tab, with a collection of TV shows and movies that change throughout the year. Plus, Roku users can keep tabs on mobile shows and movies with the new save list, which also syncs with the TV app.
For audio fans, there’s the searchable music and podcast line, with content from Spotify and more than 70 million tracks and millions of podcasts. There’s also an option to connect to the app using Roku Voice, along with a software update to help improve audio quality with wireless headphones for private listening.
Roku OS 10.5 will cost users no extra cost and will be rolling out to devices like Roku Express, Express 4K, and Streambar in the coming weeks.
Ahead of new releases of Roku products and software, you can also check out our picks of the best TV streaming sticks, boxes, and players.
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