Android users tend to balk at apps that cost more than $5 or so, but in this case it might be worth shelling out, at least if you're a SlingBox owner. The mobile client for the popular media streaming gadget has been given a temporary price cut: a whole 50% off! ...which sounds a lot better than $14.99, half its normal price of $30. On top of that, there are separate versions of the app for smartphones and tablets. The smartphone version should work on any device (tablets included) running Froyo or later, while the tablet app is only for Honeycomb and above.

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Both apps were updated last week, for the first time since May of 2011. The phone version gets a new photo streaming feature and program guide, as well as better picture quality when streaming from the SlingBox 350 or 500 models. The tablet app can now stream in HD over WiFi, along with better responsiveness in the remote feature (which displays a digital version of your cable/satellite remote) and custom reminders for the program guide. Both versions have been given a visual refresh, with special attention paid to the Nexus 7 on the tablet app.

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Sure, it's a little expensive, but SlingBox users swear by their time-shifting gadgets, and the mobile app is a must-have for TV addicts. There's no telling how long the reduced price will last, so go get it while the getting's good.

Via SlickDeals