Comcast Offers Voice Control on the X1 Remote Control App

Comcast has enhanced its X1 Remote iPhone app with voice control, allowing customers to use voice commands to access the X1 platform guide.

Customers of the cable service provider will be able to use voice commands to find content, change channels by network name, search for program titles, sports teams, and actors, as well as browse various categories in the Xfinity On Demand menu.

The X1 platform incorporates IP technology, using cloud servers on Comcast's network, that enables the company to integrate customized apps and social media features with its traditional video services.

"Voice control on the X1 Remote App is one of the ways we're continuing to change the dynamic of the traditional remote control while providing a seamless experience between the TV and customers' devices," says Charlie Herrin, senior vice president of product design and development at Comcast Cable. "This feature lets customers get to the content they want to watch in fewer steps than it would take with a traditional remote control by simply saying what they want to do instead of translating that into a series of remote control button presses."

Voice control on the X1 Remote App is now available for iPhone users who subscribe to Xfinity TV on the X1 platform. Engineers and developers in Comcast Labs are also working on voice control features for Android phones and for traditional remote controls, the company said.

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