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Much to the delight of TV junkies everywhere, the official NBC app just landed in the Android Market. The app lets you keep up with all the happenings of your favorite shows, check out video highlights, play games, search content across the entire NBC network, and customize the feed to display only the information you want to see. Unfortunately, you can't watch full episodes from within the app (yet), but that feature is "coming soon."

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Sounds great, right? No so fast - there is one (slightly major) downer - the app looks like a direct port of the iOS version, so there's not a bit of Android UI in sight. The buttons, navigation, etc. are all iOS themed. Hopefully NBC will figure out that his is not the way to please Android users and fix that crap ASAP.

Still, the app is functional, so if you want to check it out, hit the widget below. It's really not so bad once you get past the interface.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://cassidyjames.com Cassidy James

    You would hope the likely-high-paid NBC developers would read the official Android developer site... http://developer.android.com/design/patterns/pure-android.html

    Seriously, they broke all five of the simple rules on that page. :-/

    • http://www.victorstuber.com Victor Stuber

      While this app looks like crap, that style guide DID only come out a few days ago lol

    • Hal Motley

      +1
      I am not American (British actually) and NBC is unheard of in this country. But I do find it hilarious that NBC which is such a respected company has a terrible UI for their Android app.
      I know for certain that this is not the only app to have a UI that looks like a direct iOS port as Cupcakes for Android did too and subsquently didn't cause a storm in the Android Market either.

  • DM

    What a massive design fail! I can't help but feel like the NBC developers did this on purpose! Either that or they're some seriously lazy assholes.

  • Lewis

    Herp a durp, US only app?

  • slurms mckenzie

    didnt google say DO NOT COPY other platform designs. lazy bastards

  • Mike

    This app doesn't suppprt tablets, though it lets you install it anyway. only when you try to run the app, do you get a "app not supported" message. They didn't even set their supported device list properly for Android market. Amateurs.

  • Timb

    The app is made in Appcelerator Titanium -- what do you expect? Honestly, it looks a lot better than a lot of "native" UI apps so I'm not complaining.

    I highly doubt the general Android userbase cares that it doesn't use native UI elements.

  • Justa Notherguy

    Jeez -- they just cloned the Crapple app? NBC couldn't be bothered to pay for genuine Android devs or even to spend the time & effort required in constructing a tailored app?

    Well, I can't be bothered to wait through NBC's interminable (and loud) commercials or to pay for premium content...so I hope they won't mind if watch their shows via Pirate Bay.

  • edna

    I just want to be able to watch my favorite shows on tbe go my soaps and other shows are on nbc theres no way to get the feel i got my tv with me full episodes pls i dont want to read a show for that ill go home and drop the net androids need love too

  • gomer99

    Da General would shoot these dumb bastards.