This is going to sound pretty silly, but bear with me a sec.
There's a new "Voice Remote" feature for the according to 9to5Google. Not on Rokus or Android TVs or other YouTube TV-equipped bigscreen devices where you'd likely have privacy and a comfy couch. Not yet.that -- get this -- lets you ask for exactly what you want to watch. But only on phones,
Oh, and it sounds like it only works after you press a button, according to Google's support page. So it's not like you're going to prop up your phone on the kitchen counter, start cooking a fancy dinner, and be able to change the channel hands-free.
(Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.)
In other words, this feature is only for those who pay $40 a month for a YouTube TV streaming subscription, and already have a phone in their hands which could let them type to search, too. But YouTube TV isn't alone.
Earlier today, we got wind that. Just last week, . Even streaming media sticks as cheap as come with a free voice remote now.
As voice assistants start to become faster than typing -- I sometimes use 'em to dictate my text messages now -- the TV is an obvious place for these services to roll out. You don't always know which channel is playing your favorite show, or whether it's on a channel at all. You want instant gratification from whichever streaming service or TV network has the movie or show you want.
I'm not sure my grandkids will use a keyboard at all. (My 18-month-old can already say Google.) But I'll go out on a limb and say they won't even remember a time before voice was the primary way to control big screens on the wall.