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Comcast's XFINITY TV for Android got updated today after more than half a year of silence. The app, which allows XFINITY customers to control their cable boxes and DVRs, received the following additions and tweaks with version 1.4.1.002 (up from 1.2.0.005):

  • We now automatically detect your channel lineup. That means no more fussing with having to select your zip code and lineup before using the app.
  • Select your favorite channels in the TV listing grid to make it easier to find what you want to watch.
  • Use the new keypad to change channels from the TV listings grid.
  • View and tune to the last few channels you watched.

Additionally, ICS support is said to be coming soon - the app is compatible with devices running Android 2.1 - 3.2 only at the moment.

Unfortunately, there's no word yet on either AnyPlay (live TV, extra device required) or Play Now (OnDemand, no extra device required) features, which are already present on XFINITY for iOS devices and allow video streaming. These features should be added in future updates.

As you can see, the UI now contains a new CH button:

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Pressing it reveals a handy Keypad, which makes it much faster and more convenient to switch channels without scrolling all the way through the lineup.

The 2nd tab shows a number of previously watched channels - this feature extends the functionality of the Last button on your regular Xfinity remote (or Last on crack as I call it).

Finally, you can now set up a list of favorite channels and use the new Favorite Channels filter to have the lineup shrink to just the stuff you like.

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Not a bad update, but after over 6 months of work, I expected quite a bit more from Comcast. Hopefully the development cycles will ramp up and we'll see the ICS update sooner than Q312.

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.

  • bigchi

    I wish this would work for me because it looks sweet. I live in an area where xfinity is using old technology and this won't work with my cable box. I think we're like five years behind or something.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Can you ask them for an upgraded cable box? I didn't know they actually had limitations like that on the other end of the pipe - I would think a box upgrade is all you need to solve this.

      • bigchi

        Just tried calling in again and they said it has to do with the drivers that are used in our area. I'm close to Minneapolis MN and Time Warner used be the cable provider here. Comcast bought them out and the technology they were using isn't compatible with these services. They said its in the plan to get it working but there is no eta. I guess I'll just have to keep waiting. If they'd just get the streaming working on android like on ios that would be a step in the right direction. I guess I'm stuck in the stone age for a while. :)

  • Gomez

    we need video on demand like ios wtf.

  • charlito

    now with upgrade app will not even allow me to download, says it is not compatible with my device. It had been working fine before, asus t101 . I uninstalled to fix a problem with new cable box and now have nothing

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I'm willing to bet you have ICS on the TF101 now, and the XFINITY app is not compatible with it yet until the next update.

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