09
Sep
dfr

The Roku app is great for controlling a Roku set-top box, but that's what you have a remote for, right? The app previously included audio and picture streaming from Android devices, but now it goes one step further. The new update allows Android devices to stream video directly to the player over WiFi.

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The 'Play on Roku' tab in the interface has a new entry for videos, which should pull up all the compatible videos on your device organized by folder. Keep in mind the videos have to be in a format your Android device can decode. Just pick the video you want and hit play. It's a little bit like Airplay for Apple devices.

This feature is currently officially supported on the Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy S4, Nexus 4, HTC One, and Nexus 7 (2012). The app doesn't seem to be checking the device model, though. The video option pops up just fine on a 2013 Nexus 7. The more relevant caveat might be that Android 4.0 or higher is required. You also need a Roku 3, Roku 2, Roku LT, Roku HD, or Roku Streaming Stick. The update should be live for everyone.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Jordan Khoviteri-Zadeh

    Legacy menu button?!

  • Stephen

    Hmmmm looks like they wanted to beat Koush to the punch.

  • jnt

    How is this only a little bit like Airplay? It sounds exactly like it? And I'm asking seriously, not trying to sound sarcastic. And how is performance vs. Airplay?

    • John Whitworth

      Airplay can mirror everything on the iOS device's screen, whether it's a movie or just navigating around the phone. It means you can stream video from anywhere on your device instead of only properly-formatted videos on the device's storage. Many apps have airplay support built in too, so you don't have to use the "mirror" feature to stream the video. It will leave out the device's UI and show only the video full screen.

      EDIT: The somewhat buggy and somewhat unknown "Miracast" is more like Airplay. However, it has flown under the radar since it was released. I've never seen it perform as well (smooth and stutter-free) as Airplay unfortunately. Maybe it has improved over the past 6 months though!

  • Rudy Belova

    There have been apps in the market that have done this for a while now. I did it on my amaze. LOL. Still, my original roku died so im with chromecast and tivo romio now and perfectly happy.

  • wallydog

    Doesn't work also removed Share button which did work for videos . I see now it has been taken down from the Playstore

    • wallydog

      Now says not comparable with nexus 7 2012 .

  • http://jamieellis.co.cc/ Jamie Ellis

    Now TV's Box is apart of the "Roku Family" http://help.nowtv.com/HelpArticle?id=kA1G0000000CuLbKAK&topicKey=All_about_the_NOW_TV_Box%7CAll%20about%20the%20NOW%20TV%20Box%7C1&selectedTopicKey=NOW_TV_Box%7CNOW%20TV%20Box%7C1

    Sky (BSkyB UK) probably have to add in support or probably making its own app version!

  • Leroy

    Can someone post the APK for us poor Australian people who have a Roku but can't download the app due to regional restrictions?

  • Izzard

    here is apk for poor Australian people http://www.sendspace.com/file/y6b7nh

    • Leroy

      Thanks :)

  • rob howe

    its not working on note 2 FYI

  • Bilwilldered

    With the previous version 2.2.0 you could play videos by selecting a video file in ES and using share , Roku was one of the selections . This version 2.3. broke that by removing Roku from share . Now instead of many devices being able to stream videos to Roku with the Roku app only a select few will work . I don't see any improvement . Get 2.2.0 if you cant use 2.3.0 to stream .

  • Mordalo

    Ever since the update, I can't log into the app. Anyone else have this problem?

  • RobotFighter

    Doesn't allow you to install it on an original Nexus 7.

  • Rich H

    Sounds like Chromecast scared the shit out of them.

  • Frank Sevek

    I have a nexus 7 2012 which is listed as a device this app works with but it will not install, says it is not comparable.