Several years ago, Apple introduced Airplay — a function that came pre-loaded into most iOS devices, which allowed users to beam videos from an iPad or iPhone straight onto their televisions. Since then, other tech companies have developed similar mobile technology including Google, which released YouTube Remote last year and the Chromecast device two months ago.
But of course, being the underdog in the mobile application world, very few Airplay-style apps have been built for Android devices. Streaming platform Roku has decided to tackle this obvious Android neglect head-on by releasing an app that allows users to transfer videos to their Roku streaming set-tops.
Roku seems to be betting on the fact that if you are an Android user then chances are you probably don’t own an Apple TV, which to date has been the gold standard in Airplay functionality.
The Android app is now available in the Google Play store, but alas, only Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, Nexus 4, HTC One, and Nexus 7 owners can use the application. For everyone else, maybe it’s time to invest in that Apple TV after all.