An official Roku Android app has been in the works for some time and was finally released at the beginning of March. There have been many unofficial apps available but it's nice to have the one developed by Roku itself. The app is a remote for the Roku box that allows you to directly control it with your Android device, so if you ever lose the tiny remote, don't worry! In order to connect your device with the Roku box, both will need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. It doesn't matter which Roku box you own, this app is compatible with all of them.

The Roku app boasts a large set of features, including:

  • Launch or rate any Roku channel with a tap of your finger.
  • Use a touch remote control. Includes instant replay, back and options buttons as well as a keyboard for text entry.
  • Easily browse hundreds of channels and games in the Roku Channel Store.
  • Quickly add and remove channels to/from your Roku player.
  • Control and switch between multiple Roku players.

The app is available for free from Google Play. Please find links and more pictures after the break.

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Reader comments

Official Roku app arrives for Android


Nice. I saw the app pop up recently. In the absence of an Android app -- which I had quite a back-and-forth with Tom Markworth on Roku's blog -- I had been using the trial version of RoByte. The official Roku app is nice, but not any more so than the RoByte, other than Roku's official app is free. RoByte's is $2.99.

The one thing I don't care for with the official Roku app are the three channels docked at the bottom of the screen. First, because they get in the way, and more than once I have accidentally changed the channel when my finger glanced the lower part of the screen. Secondly, I'd like the ability to change the three channels to my favorites. People have complained on Roku's blog about the same issue with the iPhone app. Clearly, that chirping hasn't changed anything.

Enough griping. I do appreciate having a remote on my phone that can connect to any Roku box. Add to that, I get the benefit of a keyboard with the app, so that I can type searches instead of moving the cursor from one letter to the next.

All-in-all, this is a good app, particularly if you own multiple Roku boxes.

I have been using this app since it came out and it works great. I would like to be able to customize the channels docked at the bottom of the screen, and although there is access to the store and you supposed to be able to install channels from your phone, I haven't found that to work (which is not a big deal at all since you can just navigate it on your TV anyways). But it is nice to have around when you can't find that little remote.

It's OK. If you have multiple Rokus, then other apps like Rokubyte are better - allowing you to name your Rokus to identify. i do like the ability to add apps to your Roku right from the app.

Was going to get a Roku, but then found out about the Vizio VAP430 and decided to wait, wish roku could stream from a networked hard drive on the same network.