If you have Kodi installed on your Android TV or set-top box, and you’ve always wanted voice integration, you’re in luck. The latest version Kodi alpha 18 (Leia) has added support for having the voice assistant from Google Assistant to be able to search by voice, among other novelties.
Kodi 18 Leia already has Google Assistant in its alpha version
If Kodi is already a very complete player thanks to the possibility of installing add-ons and playing any type of content, from now on it will be even more so with the inclusion of compatibility with Google Assistant. One of the main drawbacks of Kodi is that its menus are quite complex and somewhat heavy to navigate, which is one of the reasons why many users prefer to use Plex. But once you set it up correctly, the possibilities are nearly endless.
Therefore, with Google Assistant we can open the app and start directly to give you commands through Google Assistant. This will be especially comfortable not only to search for content, but it will also allow us to control a movie or search for information about it. Too will analyze our library to see what we may be interested in seeing by comparing histories and libraries from platforms such as Google Play Movies, Netflix or YouTube.
In order to use the function we simply have to use the ok google or hey google classic that is used with the normal Google Assistant. We can change the status of the film, go to a specific point, change the volume, etc. Obviously, it is necessary to have Google Assistant previously installed on our mobile for it to work, since what has been added is the integration of the voice assistant with Kodi, and not the assistant itself within the app.
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How to download Kodi 18 Leia in its alpha version
The function, in addition to being already available in the last alpha, will make its official appearance when the latest stable version of Kodi 18 is released. To download the latest Alpha and be able to try it now, we have to go to the Kodi nightlies repository for Android. Depending on the processor of our device, we must download the version ARM or ARM64.
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