HBO GO Adds Android Tablet Support
Android tablet users can breathe easy knowing they won’t miss an episode of The Newsroom after HBO on Monday updated its Android app with support for tablets.
The HBO GO app is now available for all Android operating systems up to version 4.04 Ice Cream Sandwich, including tablets.
HBO promised tablet support in May when it added support for phones running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. At the time, HBO said it was actively working to optimize the software for Android tablets, including the Kindle Fire, which received the app in June and enabled streaming of fan favorites like Game of Thrones, True Blood, and Girls, as well as more than 1,400 other HBO titles.
The Android tablet update could be bad news, though, for customers looking to pick up a new Google Nexus 7 tablet, which will be released with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and therefore incompatible with the update.
While the app is free, users still need the usual subscription login information from their cable providers to stream past and present HBO programs on the go.
Time Warner Cable championed the addition, arguing that HBO GO on Android tablets will “help our customers enjoy TV better.” The cable provider warned, however, that it might take some time for the app to activate on TWC and “propagate across servers.”
The MAX GO app, meanwhile, which brings access to more than 400 Cinemax films, was also updated Monday, but without the same tablet support.
Streaming video competition remains tight. Last week, Netflix one-upped HBO by announcing its Android 4.1 update, something most other services have not yet achieved.
The free HBO GO app is available now in the Google Play store. HBO GO is also available for the iPad, iPhone, the Roku streaming set-top box, and Microsoft’s Xbox 360.
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