Earlier today, Comcast dropped its 2nd mobile app for Android into the Android Market, the direction of which puzzled even me - and I work for a Comcast-owned company. The new app, XFINITY TV, is clearly targeted at TV viewers, while the previous app called XFINITY Mobile was a more general application for address book management, SmartZone email, Digital Voice, and... TV, DVR, and On Demand.

Wait, what? Did Comcast just release a separate app that does pretty much the same thing its existing app that's been on the Market for a few months does plus a tiny bit more? Let's see - both apps let you:

  • browse local TV listings
  • schedule DVR recordings and
  • fiddle with On Demand

The only things the new XFINITY TV app has that the previous app doesn't have seem to be:

  • changing channels on your TV (forgot your remote?)
  • *maybe* throw up On Demand content directly onto your TV from your phone (not sure - haven't tried this yet, but the description seems to imply so)

That is pretty much it. While it's nice that I'm now able to control my TV with yet another gadget, it is mind-boggling why Comcast would release a whole separate app that crosses paths with its existing app in so many ways.

However, if you, like me, don't care for all the email/voicemail/address book nonsense and just want to interface with your Comcast-powered TV better, then the new TV app is for you.

Note: There is an astounding amount of restrictions. For example:

  • not all set-top boxes are compatible
  • the app won't work in all areas
  • Android 2.1 and 2.2 only, not 2.3 yet (sorry, Nexus S owners)
  • not all devices are supported, specifically devices with a smaller than 16MB memory limit for applications (sorry, HTC Aria owners)
  • tablets are not supported, though the app will probably work just fine (but may look bad)

Still with me? Then hit up the download links below.


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Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • KrypticNexus

    Well i have been waiting for something like this but sadly im not going to go back to froyo just to use this app. i hope they bring it out for gingerbread very soon.

  • BayRican

    I've been waiting for this from comcast but I agree with KrypticNexus no way I'm going back to froyo from gingerbread..

  • http://duddits-fairuse.blogspot.com/ fairuse

    I have the other app on my G2. May as well get this one. Hope I am not in debug mode. Thanks for the notice.

  • http://anasqtiesh.com Anas

    I think Comcast should fire their Android developers. What a joke. Their first app was absolutely unusable for months until they finally updated it to cache the listings.

    And now this! Why in FSM's name doesn't it work on Android 2.3? Ugh. I'm sticking with the CM7 nightlies. Not going back to Froyo.

    Verizon and Dish Network are kicking Comcast's ass when it comes to Android apps. Will mostly switch once my contract is over.

  • Simon Belmont

    Wow, this kind of stinks. I am on AOSP Android 2.3 on my Sprint HTC Hero and this is incompatible apparently.

    Nice try, Comcast. Better luck next time?

  • rose

    Comcast just can't get their act together. They are way behind the other companies when it comes to the android apps. I have had the chance to mess around with DISH Networks App on my phone and I love it. I work for DISH Network and decided to try it out. The best part about theirs is that I can watch live TV anywhere I am at. Still something Comcast can't do.