Sky news update: the Sky Go app for Android was announced back in November 2013, now in early December the app is finally available for download.
Sky TV has recently, 4th December 2013, arrived on Android tablets. The highly anticipated Sky Go tablet app finally arrived on the Google Play store; this means that anybody with an Android now has access to the app. The app, which provides a catch-up and on-demand service to customers, will be available on all Android tablets with very few exceptions.
This now means the Google Play market place has two Sky Go apps currently for sale. This is because the new app is completely separate to the original Sky Go app designed for Android phones. Sky view this new app as a step in the right direction to providing improved, faster and more reliable support for Android slates. There are currently plans in circulation to make changes the new app, due to small undesired features such as when navigating the app it is locked horizontally.
Another future plan is to combine both the tablet and mobile version of Sky Go into one app which will suit all Android operated systems. The apps release has pleased many Android customers. The apps launch had previously been delayed due to key issues which arose through beta trials, on Android tablets, of the app. The launch has therefore pleased many customers who were displeased with the slow service, and by Apple users having access to the Sky Go app well before them.
The app is specifically designed to work on tablets measuring 7 inches or more. The Sky Go tablet app is only compatible with the Android operating system Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 or more up to date versions. The exceptions are on the Asus Transformer TF101 and the Amazon tablets such as the Kindle Fire.
Sky and Amazon are both refusing to comment on why the app will not be appearing on the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HDX will not offer the service. Though there is speculation that it is because the Amazon tablets are designed to show Amazon’s LoveFilm, which is a rival streaming service.
The TF101 has more straight forward reasons for its absence. There are current streaming issues which are struggling to be resolved and due to Sky’s consistently high standards it has been decided to keep it from the tablet. Despite the fact the Sky Go Tablet app will not reach the maximum potential audience, the expected launch of this app is guaranteed to make many infuriated customer very happy.
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