Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

YouTube TV app gaining voice remote feature

YouTube TV app gaining voice remote feature

We're seeing this feature live in Canada, so go hit up YouTube for iOS on your Apple device and let us know if you're going to turn this on.

Google has begun to roll out "voice remote" to YouTube TV users, according to Android Police. Android Police notes that Google's already put up a support page, so it will likely show up for more people in time.

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. This would mean that as of the moment, not everyone can enjoy the feature since it is not available on the Google Play Store just yet. The new update has not yet rolled out yet in any build and was discovered by internally through a series of strings found in the app. Users will be able to access the voice remote from the floating action button which is present in the Android app. Apparently, you can also skip around in recorded shows and control the volume with your voice.

Those who received the new voice feature on their Android devices got a pop-up notification in the YouTube TV app regarding the arrival of the feature. For the meantime, it is advisable to have the latest YouTube TV version installed to increase the chances to receive the new voice feature.

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