June 4, 2017
In this post, we will look at the new Voice Control Feature Entertainment Box are pushing to our customer’s TV boxes. Entertainment Box is always striving to keep our TV boxes at the front line when it comes to update and support, today is no different. We are going to be covering controlling your Smart TV box with voice commands. This is like having a Google Home, Amazon Echo or Siri Speaker device built into your TV, displaying the results on the TV screen. This is all possible through the Google voice command app and the New S77 Pro Remote with voice activation. Unfortunately, this will only work on a device that runs on the Android 6.0 or higher operating system. With the introduction of Google Voice activation, it’s now possible to use Android voice commands to control your TV box. Use OK Google to search for music, movies, games, or open applications. It is even possible to change the temperature of your home. (Nest thermostat needed)
Now, this only works with Android 6.0 and above, due to permission issues in TV boxes running Android 5.1, it not possible to get the Microphone to open when Google now app is opened. We will continue to look for ways we can get older devices to work with, OK Google commands. We are now testing a new way to upgrade the T8 V4 to Android 6.1, this will hopefully be completed by the end of the month.
Other EBox devices that will receive an update over the coming week. so keep your eye on the OTA app.
We highly recommend using the New S77 Pro Remote with built-in microphone. It’s tried and tested to work flawlessly on EBox TV boxes. Some key features we would like to point out when using this pro remote.
OK Google works best on a TV box when you have apps Google can index them and use them in search results. So, by having the Twitter app installed, you can post a tweet to Twitter. By having the Spotify or YouTube app you can search for a song or music video, if you have Netflix you can search for a movie or TV show by voice. The list below is only some of the apps and voice commands that you can use with OK Google.
Now you have a voice activated TV box it’s time to have some fun. We have put together 20 of the best OK Google commands that you can use on any TV box.
Google seem to have been stepping up their game with the voice interaction and there is quite a lot of talks going on in the forums now. You should keep up to date with voice interaction as it is far from dead but do not worry if you do not have the time as EBox follows everything closely and will keep you up to date.
We have chosen the Google and Google now App to focus on as it works the best with our devices and responds to the user quite well. You can use the app in 5 different languages at once and has 100s of voice commands. Although it will depend on your device. Google now can be used with the Q-box and Q-box lite version also with our T8 V. These devices run on Android 6 and we have found it the most stable and responsive to date. Steps are in progress to find either alternative apps or support for our other devices that are not performing so well with voice.
This has more to do with microphone permissions within Android powered systems that are running under Android 6.0. Google Now originally released with Android 4.4 especially for the mobile phone industry as these already have a microphone installed.
If you want to use Google Now with your EBox then you will need to install a microphone or you can use the New S77 Pro-remote. We stock the latest version of the New S77 Pro-remote which is not only back-lit but also has a microphone button to activate the built-in microphone. You can use it with applications such as a voice memo or a dictation application. As these devices are more than capable of just being your media streaming device
Using the Google Now App does not mean that you can install this and then command every action that you do within your device. However, it does make a great party piece. You will be able to open your EBMC or Kodi app. But you will not be able to go any further with this voice action other than to a file in your library once opened. The reason Kodi is limited in voice is there has not been any development within its system to allow this. However, this is due to change when Kodi 18 (Leia) is released as the developers have enabled voice and search integration which opens many doors for the open sourced media player.
As we said earlier in this post we referred to how much Entertainment Box has the finger on the pulse when it comes to bringing you first-hand knowledge. We also made a comment of how Kodi had yet to catch up in the voice integration. So, as we have been preparing all this help for you to follow. Koying has gone and released his latest version of SPMC 16.7.0 and you can find all links to the various versions here for SPMC. You can also use our latest EBMC based on SPMC 16.7.0
Yes, it possible to use voice search in EBMC/Kodi. Koying has beaten Kodi to the finish line on releasing voice integration within his version of the open sourced media player also Known as Kodi. Koying known for his forked version of Kodi was the Android development part of the Kodi team before venturing off with his own version of Kodi called SPMC. Entertainment Box has their own build of Kodi and SPMC called EBox MC or EBMC. You can download the latest version of Kodi EBMC and SPMC here.
If you are thinking about buying a Google Home, Amazon Echo or a Siri Speaker and have an EBox TV box then you need to try this out first. The EBox can perform most of the same tasks including integrating as a connected home device? Using an EBox TV box instead of a Google home, Amazon Echo or a Siri Speaker has its own benefits. It is possible to use voice commands to search YouTube or Netflix for music or movies then play your choice directly on a TV. If you have a Nest thermostat it is easy to change the temper of your home with one simple command! “Set the temperature to 80 degrees”. The best bit is most people already have an EBox or a TV Box running on at least Android 6.0.