Roku has announced today that they are starting to roll out a new beta feature that will enable screen mirroring from some Android devices to Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) devices. This new feature will be available for Android devices running at least Android 4.4.2 and with hardware that supports screen mirroring. Android users are not the only ones getting this new feature as Windows 8.1 powered devices will be able to do the same thing.
In order to use the new beta feature, users will have to go into the settings for their Roku device, find the option for screen mirroring, and ensure “Enable screen mirroring” is checked. Once the option is up and running on the Roku, on a compatible Android device go to Connections…Screen Mirroring and set it to ON. Once a scan of available devices is complete, tap on the Roku listing to start the connection.
Like other devices that are capable of mirroring a screen, the Roku player will display whatever you are looking at on your mobile device on the TV. That could be email, it could be videos from sites or services that don’t support casting themselves, and even games.
Roku says the beta release with this new feature will start going out to customers starting today and will eventually make its way to all Roku device owners within a few weeks.