by Brent Dirks
March 24, 2014
Roku’s companion iOS app has just made a big leap forward with the update to version 3.0. The biggest change is easily the new visual look that is cleaner and much easier to navigate through. Users can now also search for items like a movie, show, actor, or director directly from their iPhone. The feature is supported by U.S.-based players with firmware version 5.4 or later installed. Search isn’t available on the Roku 2450x or 2500x. Finally, users can now control any Roku player on their network and play photos, music, or videos with Play on Roku. Designed for the iPhone/iPod touch, Roku can be downloaded now in the App Store now for free. Earlier this month, the streaming video hardware maker announced an updated version of its Streaming Stick, a direct competitor to Google’s Chromecast device. Arriving sometime in April, the device plugs into a free HDMI port and draws power from a wall outlet or free USB port on a TV. Video fans can access more than 1,200 channels of movies, TV shows, news, sports, and children’s shows in 1080p. And with the stick, buyers can also send media from their mobile devices directly to a television. It will cost $49.99 and can be preordered from a number of retailers like Amazon.com. For other app news and reviews today, see: Trials Frontier Is Coming To iOS On April 10, New Trailer Hits The Web, Shelf Control: Byliner For iOS Offers Great Reads With Great Bylines, and Browse And Share Your Photos In A Sleek New Way With PhotosPro.