May 27, 2018

YouTube TV gains "voice remote" on Android devices

15 May 2018, 09:28 | Lucia Cruz

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Since last October you've been able to send commands via your vocal chords to the YouTube TV service through Google Home speakers, but if you don't have access to a Google Assistant device you'll now be able to get chatty with the streaming service through its mobile app. It's a toggleable option in the settings page, and will present itself as a floating button on-screen.

As it is right now, most people will see a few options when you tap on the avatar icon in the top right of the YouTube application.

That's a lot of words to tell you that a minor new feature is coming to an app, but it's one that we'll all benefit from.

The feature is available only to those who are premium users and pay United States dollars 40 per month for a YouTube TV streaming subscription. It is unclear as to how it is activated, but there is a good chance it is enabled server-side so if you don't see it yet, it's because you weren't selected to be part of the test.

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For example, you can use your voice to change channels, play a particular channel, perform forward and rewind operations as well as adjust volume.

Some Android apps offer an Incognito Mode where you can use their functionality without being tracked and without your actions being logged into your usage history.

This allows users to control the app using voice commands.

However, it is more likely that the public rollout will be happening soon since Google is already starting with the limited release.

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