Earlier today, we reported how Roku was testing a new home screen with folders thanks to tips from our readers. Now, one of our Roku’s has been updated with the new home screen, giving us a look at its features.
One of the features you will find on Roku’s home screen other than the new 4×4 look is a new continue watching row. This row will let you jump directly into shows you have been watching on supported devices like Disney+. You can also from there open a What to Watch section that will show shows you have been watching and suggest shows you should watch.
Here is what the new home screen looks like on our Roku:
Here is what the old Roku home screen looked like:
As you can see the two are very simular, but now you get slightly smaller icons now in a 4×4 look instead of a 3×3 look. This allows you to easy see all the services you have on your Roku. As TVs get bigger this new interface will help make it easy to find what you want.
Here are a few more images of this new Roku home screen:
Roku has confirmed to Cord Cutters News that they are testing designs on their platform. Now just because Roku is testing this new 4×4 interface and folders does not mean it will be rolled out to all Roku owners in the future. It is a sign that Roku is considering all options when it comes to the future of Roku home screens.
Roku has reportedly been doing a lot of testing around the new Roku home screen and devices. It seems much like YouTube TV Roku is putting out new versions of its home screen to small groups of testers. If you are in these groups, you can test one or more new features. If you are not in these test groups you will need to wait until it rolls out to all users to test out new features like folders on the home screen.
Roku’s last major OS update happened back in April 2023 and included several weeks to the home screen. Now, though, as we get close to Roku’s typical fall launch of new streaming players, these tests raise the question if we may also get a new Roku OS update with an updated home screen. For now, we will have to wait and see if Roku decides to roll out this new 4×4 look.
Do you have this new user interface? Let us know what you think of it and any other features you have noticed.