yeah very nice, useful app. I kinda feel bad for the developers who have paid Roku remote apps in the app store
Yeah - as one of those developers, i do feel kinda bad because a free app by Roku Inc will eventually kill the small market for smartphone Roku remote apps.
"Roku" app is below par in its first version, 2.9 stars in AppStore is a "meh" rating that puts it behind RoRemote, "Remote for Roku", DVPRemote, Keyu, "Roku Remote", SavvyBud free and paid... yeah, right behind them. But it has big ambition and is only bound to get better with next releases. It will likely satisfy 90% of all users - which will lead to 10-fold decrease in downloads for others in the long term.
Overall this might be in the interest of the brand. There is something else though that i feel is wrong and unfair - the "Roku" app is using some new and undocumented ways to talk to the player and Roku website. Changes were made to the firmware to make Roku's remote app work better - as disclosed on Roku's blog last week. Things like being able to add/remove/rate channels to the player, get list of all store channels channels, by categories and info on those.
We asked in the developers' forum about info on those new features in remote control and the answer was that no, they are not planning on releasing that information. I don't think there is malicious intent behind that (i.e. trying to kill the other remote apps), i suspect it's more that they can't be bothered anymore, "we are big enough now and will handle it by ourselves"