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Sky Go Tablet arrives in Google Play, but Android 4.4 Kitkat issues reported

Sky on-demand finally arrives for Android tablets
Wed Dec 04 2013, 14:36
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BRITISH BROADCASTER Bskyb announced on Wednesday that its Sky Go app is finally available for Android tablet users.

As Sky promised earlier this year, the Sky Go Tablet app is now available to download for free from the Google Play store, meaning that users of Android tablets no longer have to make do with a resized app that's not optimised for large-screen devices.

Sky says that the app is compatible with "most" tablets that are 7in or larger running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above. There are some exceptions, including the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, due to its lack of Google Play access, and the Asus Transformer TF101.

The small percentage of Android tablet users running Android 4.4 Kitkat might run into some issues too, as Sky has acknowledged.

Sky said, "We are aware of certain issues related to Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) and are working to resolve these. In particular it may take around 10s for the picture to become 'clear' when you start watching a live channel."

Assuming they don't have any issues with the app - and many haven't, given the app's 4.5 star rating in the Google Play store - Sky Go Tablet allows Sky subscribers to watch live TV or catch up with Sky TV shows while on the move, with the app supporting streaming over both 3G and WiFi.

Users can also pay an extra fiver to access Sky Go Extra, which adds content downloads, the ability to register four devices rather than two and the ability to watch content on two devices at once.

Sky also announced today that its Sky Store movie rental service is now available to everybody in the UK, not just its customers. A Sky Store app can now be accessed via a PC or Mac, or a Roku, Now TV or Youview set-top box. µ


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