September 20, 2012 1:04pm
Aside from Apple TV, Canada hasn’t really been a hotbed of smart box activity in the last year. Roku entered a pretty sedentary market, attempting to woo customers away from Apple, Boxee and, to a lesser extent, Google, in the Connected TV space.
The company sells two products here, the Roku 2 XS and Roku 2 XD. They are separated by $20 ($89.99 and $109.99) and a couple features: an enhanced remote for games, and an Ethernet port for faster connectivity. Both boxes hook into your TV and support 1080p streaming from services such as Netflix, Crackle, Rdio, Flickr, Facebook, etc.
Now the company has released an updated app for Android and iOS that lets you, in addition to using your smartphone as a remote, “Play on Roku.” This allows you to stream music and photos (no video, yet — this isn’t an AirPlay competitor) to your TV through your home wireless network. You can even do both: play a slideshow while listening to your favourite albums.
The app isn’t particularly groundbreaking, but the added features are appreciated, especially since the company undercuts Apple in price while delivering many of the same features.
Via: Android Police