Roku has grown recently: in addition to reliable sales of streaming gadgets and partnerships with TV manufacturers, it sells sound bars and wireless speakers. The next step seems to be the integration of the smart home. In addition to some basic tools for Google Assistant and Alexa, Roku is expanding into the Apple ecosystem with its latest software updates.
With the Roku OS 9.4 update, some devices will now be able to respond to commands through Apple HomeKit and quickly stream videos to AirPlay 2. According to Roku’s press release, the new feature is coming first on the following devices:
Roku smart soundbar
Roku Streaming Stick +
Select Roku-powered 4K TVs
The latter likely represents a large portion of Roku’s audience, but unfortunately it’s unclear which specific models of the many, many Roku-powered TVs from half a dozen manufacturers will be updated “in the next few days.” . There are so many SKUs that even assuming all currently supported models will be updated, it can take weeks or months for all to get the latest software.