Roku beats Chromecast to the curve by allowing local content streaming


Chromecast’s biggest fail since launch has been its inability to stream local content. Developer Koushik Dutta was doing some great work with a solution for this, but his efforts were shut down by one of Google’s updates to the dongle. His app stopped working and now it’s just a waiting game, but you can be sure a competitor will come around and give you what you want. In this case it’s Roku!

The latest update to the Roku app has hit the Google Play Store and it brings the ability to stream locally stored content. There’s a bit of bad news, though – the app doesn’t work for everyone. There is a list of supported Roku players and an even smaller list of supported Android devices:

Supported Android phones

  • Samsung Galaxy S3
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Nexus 4
  • HTC One
  • Nexus 7

Supported Roku devices

  • Roku 3
  • Roku 2
  • Roku LT
  • Roku HD (model 2500)
  • Roku Streaming Stick


If you happen to have compatible devices, you can now go ahead and enjoy local content streaming directly from the Roku app. Let’s just see when Google catches up!