Roku for Android and iOS adds ‘Play on Roku’ feature, streams photos and music to your TV or stereo

Daniel Bader

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.

You can download Roku for iPhone and Android.

Via: Android Police

  • Blackberry Sales Guy

    Only fat nerds have android phones :D.

    • S2556

      is this what gets you through the day?

    • pbrbbt

      Fat Android Nerds HAHAHAHA What losers!! HAHA

    • Collin

      Hows sales going for you, sounds like you’ll be unemployed soon. Blackberry is going down faster than your mom on my johnson.

  • montgomery

    The Roku android app still says “This item cannot be installed in your device’s country.” (Canada)

    • thepeddle

      NO it doesn’t……are you sure you’re in Canada……

  • Josh

    “…undercuts Apple in price while delivering many of the same features.”

    Nothing new here.

  • Tom

    There is also WD Live, but I don’t think they have apps.

  • coxon

    Blackberry 7.1 also streams photos, music, video via DLNA to the PS3. Goto the media (pics music etc) hit options and scroll down to Media Server and turn on File Sharing. If on the same LAN the Blackberry shows up as a media server on the PS3. Not flaming, not being a fanboy just providing some useful information.