It's been over two months since Google started releasing Android 4.3 builds, and in all that time users of the updated Nexus and Google Play edition devices haven't been able to access the HBO GO or MAX GO (Cinemax) video services. Considering that subscriptions to both channels are pricey (on top of a cable or satellite subscription, no less) that made for a lot of less-than-satisfied customers.

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Thankfully, both apps have finally been updated to new versions: 2.2.05 for both HBO GO and MAX GO. The change logs for both apps include only the cryptic "Bug fixes," but users at Reddit are reporting that the HBO GO update fixes whatever issue was interrupting streaming. I can confirm the same - the screenshots here are from my Nexus 7 2013 running stock firmware.

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Unfortunately there's no real addition in functionality for either app, both of which are crying out for Chromecast streaming, but at least both apps have access to HDMI-out for compatible devices. It's worth noting that HBO's most popular shows are now available on the US version of the Google Play Store, with more shows coming soon. Cinemax's original shows aren't nearly as popular, so it may take a while for them to show up.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    And MAX Go STILL doesn't support tablets. What the hell?! HBO Go and MAX Go are basically the exact same app. Ludicrous.

    • MeCampbell30

      Works on my Nexus 7 2013.

      • RSerda

        I just updated my N7 2013.. no problems!

  • scuttlefield

    Look at that...just in time for 4.4 to be released!


    Still does not work on my HTC One 4.3 :(

  • deja17vu

    Not compatible on my device it says still.....have note 3

  • Gazebo_Time

    his app still does not work on my note 3 >_<

  • Johnny

    Does Max and HBO go need patching to work on AOSP & CM ROMs?

    Not working on Android 4.4 ATM

  • Steve B

    Doesn't work on Note 10.1 (2014 ed.) But works fine on older Note 2. What's going on?

  • PelaoNYC

    MAX GO still not working on the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

  • Mike Laflair

    have veizon samsung galaxy note 3 hbo go will not work anyone having this issue please help.