Roku updates Android app with mobile video streaming to TVs

Roku updates Android app with mobile video streaming to TVs

By | Sep 10, 2013

A month after iOS users got the ability to stream videos, music, and photos to TVs from their mobile devices, a limited number of Android devices get the same functionality.

A month after Roku updated its iOS app to allow videos stored on iOS devices to be streamed to televisions, the set-top box maker is extending the same functionality to a selection of Android devices.

An update to Roku’s Android app adds “Play on Roku” — a feature announced a year ago that lets users stream videos, music, and photos stored on a phone or tablet via a Roku device to a television. The functionality, which represents Roku’s response to Apple’s AirPlay, landed in the Google Play marketplace on Monday.

When streaming music stored on the device, the new functionality allows album cover art and artist information to be displayed on the TV, as well as the ability to cue up songs underneath slideshows.

While the iOS version released early last month works on several versions of the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, the new Android functionality is currently limited to the Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Nexus 4, HTC One, and 2012 Nexus 7. The update, which purportedly makes bug fixes and improves stability, runs on the Roku 3, Roku 2, Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500), and Roku Streaming Stick.

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