Roku for iPhone gets facelift, introduces content search and more

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Roku has finally updated its companion iPhone app for the company’s set-top box with a brand new design, ability to search through your content and a few bug fixes and other enhancements.

The new look, a radical departure from the previous design, feels more at home with iOS 7’s flatness and is easier to use thanks to streamlined navigation.

As for search, you can sift through your content by entering a movie, show, actor or director information.

“When you settle on something to watch, choose from the available services and jump right into the Channel, ready to watch,” Roku writes in iTunes release notes accompanying the 3.5MB download.

The freshly updated app is now live in the App Store

Just like Apple’s free Remote for iOS app, Roku’s app also doubles as a glorified remote allowing you to control any Roku device on your local network.

Just make sure to connect to the same local network as your Roku devices and you’ll be able to control them from the conform of your couch: easily show the photos, enter text using you device’s keyboard, play music or video with Play on Roku and more.

And by logging into your Roku account, you can browse the Roku Channel store or add, remove and rate more than the 1,200 channels available in the store.

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Note that┬ásearch is supported on US-based Roku players running firmware version 5.4 or later. Search won’t work on the Roku 2450x or 2500x.

Go ahead, download Roku 3.0 for iPhone free from the App Store.

The app runs natively on the iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later.