Android and Windows users, rejoice: No longer must you suffer the pangs of viewing TV, movies, and other streaming video content on a 5-inch screen.
Today Roku announced new functionality for its popular Roku 3 and Roku HDMI Streaming Stick that allows full-screen mirroring for Android and Windows devices. Essentially, it's Apple AirPlay for the rest of us.
Android phones and tablets running OS version 4.4.2 (KitKat), Windows 8.1 PCs, and Windows 8 and 8.1 phones are all eligible. While the feature is still in beta, it promises a wealth of possibilities for a broad range of users.
For example, you can mirror personal photos and videos, show off content from social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, play video from apps that don't have a native Roku client, or even stream games.
However, you do need a device with hardware-level mirroring support to take advantage of the feature. A list of confirmed supported devices can be found on Roku's site, though the company adds that others may also work.
Roku says that the beta will start rolling out to Roku owners immediately, and all users should have access "within the next few weeks."
Source: Roku Blog