Roku app

Only a handful of devices supported in initial release

Brining its Android offering up to parity with the iOS version, Roku has just updated its app to enable local video playback from your phone to your Roku box on select devices. After signing in and pairing the Roku app with a Roku box (running software version 5.1 or later), you'll now have a new option to select "Videos" from the "Play on Roku" menu in the app. Now all together you can display music, photos or videos directly from your device to the Roku with just a tap.

The functionality seems to work pretty well, but Roku recommends having at least an 802.11n Wifi router for the best performance. Right at this moment the video playback functionality is available on the Roku 3, Roku 2, Roku LT, Roku HD on the set-top box side, and the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Nexus 4, HTC One, and Nexus 7 (2012) on the Android side.

Grab the latest version of the Roku app from the Play Store link above and give it a try for yourself.

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Roku app adds local video playback on your set-top box

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Hrm, swing and a miss on both ends for me, EVO LTE and 2013 Nexus here... It's a shame cause I've been looking to get a Roku/WDTV/Netgear-like box once I ditch my dreadful 4Mb DSL and move to 40Mb cable... Miracast seems to work well enough for now anyway, it's occasionally glitchy with HD video but that could just be my ancient G router.

It works on my Nexus 7 (2013) and my S3. It seems to be limited to mp4 videos. No problem with music or jpg files. I'm impressed with the video quality. I've tried many apps to stream video from my device. I think this is probably the best one yet.

No luck on my end, I have a S4 and Roku 2 on 5.1 and video doesn't appear for me.

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Now if only they could ditch the menu button and not force me to rotate my Xoom when I want to use it. Baby steps I guess.

The Roku app is listed as incompatible with the 2012 Nexus 7, directly contradicting Roku's own blog.

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Every video I have tried on my Nexus 7 is reported by the app as incompatible. This is a buggy app already, and now they add a feature not ready for primetime.

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I have a Nexus 7 (2012) and Google Play sys I have an incompatible device, go figure....

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Hopefully they add support for the Note 2 soon. I am seriously close to buying a Roku 3 for my bedroom & this feature would really be the icing on the cake.

My go to app to stream media files from my mobile devices and computer to Roku is PlayTo. It only supports mp4 playback but it runs smoothly.

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"_Brining_ its Android offering up to parity with the iOS version..."

That would make it very salty, wouldn't it?