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Sky Go for Android is coming to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One

Sony's Xperia Z also gets some love
Thu Apr 18 2013, 13:30
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UK BROADCASTING GIANT Sky announced plans on Thursday to bring its Sky Go app to more Android devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.

Sky said that its Android application can now be downloaded for the HTC One, Motorola Razr HD and the Sony Xperia Z, with plans to release it for the Samsung Galaxy S4 once the handset is released next week. This bumps the number of Android devices with support for Sky Go to 29, as the firm looks to cater to the growing trend of watching TV on mobile devices.

This is good news for Sky subscribers eyeing the latest HTC or Samsung flagship smartphone, as the app, which is available to download for free from the Google Play store, enables customers to watch live TV and catch-up with shows from their smartphones or tablets. The service works over either a 3G or WiFi connection, and Sky boasts that those with too much time on their hands can stream two shows simultaneously on two different devices.

While the service is free, Sky customers with deep pockets can fork out an extra fiver a month for the premium Sky Go Extra app. This, like BBC's iPlayer app, lets users download shows to watch offline.

Holly Knill, head of Sky Go said, "As more and more smartphones and tablets come to market, the demand for Sky Go continues to increase at a phenomenal rate.

"We look forward to continuing to develop for as many devices as possible while at the same time innovating for the service so that it continues to raise the bar in terms of choice, flexibility and quality."

Sky Go is also available on iOS, although versions for Windows Phone 8 and Blackberry 10 are not available yet. We asked Sky for further details on its future release plans, and the company doesn't rule out developing apps for Blackberry and Windows Phone.

A spokesperson said, "We're always keeping the smartphone and tablet market under review so that we can satisfy as many of our customers as possible.

"While we aim to distribute our content as broadly as possible, we do need to prioritise our development activity in line with customer demand. Therefore as and when devices reach scale within the Sky customer base, we focus our development work on them." µ


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