I mentioned that I really like my Chromecast, but another device I really like is my Roku 3. My primary use for Roku is the many channels they offer, and there's a Roku mobile app that lets you share music, photos and video to your Roku player via the "Play On Roku" feature. There are also third party apps like AllCast that extend that functionality beyond music, videos and photos.
But now Roku is taking things to the next level. They've announced the beta of Roku Screen Mirroring that lets you mirror "videos, apps, web sites and more" from your Android or Windows 8.1 mobile device, or a Windows PC, to a Roku 3 or Roku Streaming Stick.
The bad news for OS X/iOS users is that you're out of luck. Since Apple uses its proprietary Airplay system, Roku says they can't hook into that. The other bad news is that the list of supported mobile devices is still fairly small; you can check it out here. Roku says this is a list of devices they've tested and other devices may work; they encourage users to give it a try if they have a device not on the list.
Roku says the beta will be rolling out to Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick users over the coming weeks. I spammed the System Update button for a while hoping to force an update, but no joy. I guess I'll have to be patient.
If you want to learn more about Roku Screen Mirroring, check out the Roku Blog.
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