Roku doesn’t provide the privilege to browse the internet directly. There are a few channels which can act as a web browser. But you can’t expect all the functionality of the web browser. To be frank there is no decent browser on Roku. All you can do is to cast your android device or your Laptop to your Roku. In this way, you can stream using your favorite browser. And the irony is Roku has more than 500000+ channels, in that very few are browsers. In this list, we will share some of the best Roku Web browsers.
Before proceeding to the list, let’s see the main reason behind why you can’t install android apps on Roku. Roku has its own OS and it is a highly modified Linux version. Roku OS is quite different from Android and the base kernel version is different. So you can’t install android apps on Roku. This the main reason for Roku being a closed device. Roku has an SDK platform to develop your own apps. But you need to have little coding knowledge for it.
Best Roku Web Browsers
Web Browser X
This is the paid browser available in the Roku channel list. It allows you to stream all the content for $5/month. Since its a paid version, you can watch all the videos and images. Now the next question comes to our mind is, “How this browser works?” Well, it is not surfing the internet with the Roku streaming stick. It is using a casting technology to share the server with multiple users. When compared to chrome, it can’t even come close. Chrome is always the best.
Chrome Via Screencast
Most of us, use a browser to stream a movie or video content. If your browser can’t stream those content, what is the first point in having it? So the only best way is to use a screen mirroring. You can cast or mirror the screen of your android device and surf directly in it. Here is a step by step guide to casting content on Roku.
You can follow these steps and cast chrome on your Roku. In a similar way, you can cast any of the browsers to your Roku. And this allows streaming any content. The only drawback on this method is, it depends on the other device. You need the help of other devices to cast their screen.
Until Roku releases a full-fledged browser, this is the only method to use Web Browsers on Roku. Hope this article is informative and clear. If you are facing any issue, do let us know in the comments. We would be glad to help.