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Everyone panic! The HBO app is no longer listed in the Google Play Store! Game of Thrones starts in three weeks, how are we going to - wait, what's that? HBO Go is still there? Oh, it's the other HBO app that's gone. The one that doesn't stream episodes and movies. The one that no one uses. Well that's all right, then.

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Yes, HBO fans, you can rest easy: nothing is happening to HBO Go, the cable service's streaming app that's free for subscribers. The previous HBO app, which featured a television schedule and various behind-the-scenes goodies, seems to have been un-published. You can still see the app's information over at Appbrain, where the official listing is sporting what look like screenshots from an HTC G1. Downloads have been relatively flat since November of 2012.

The trailer and second-screen features in the original HBO app are pretty much entirely duplicated by HBO Go, and once you've logged in you can stream any currently-playing movie and a huge backlog of original HBO programming. The removal of the basic HBO app means that there's no easily-accessible HBO schedule for mobile devices, but if you're that invested, there are plenty of alternatives (including those that come straight from the cable and satellite providers).

The basic HBO app was downloaded from the Play Store less than a million times. By contrast, HBO Go has somewhere between five million and ten million downloads. I think it's safe to say that no one is weeping over its passing. 

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • John

    See you in hell, Original HBO App.

  • anon_coward

    i must be too old, i was going to watch GoT on a TV through my cable box when it starts up again

  • DespondentPhoneSellerUK

    For such an old app, its got a much nicer design than so much of the shit these days...

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Mother of god... Is that Android 1.5 status bar?

  • Ali Jawad

    Seriously with services such as Smart DNS and VPN you can get BBC Iplayer, all Netflix regions and others, HBO just looks dull in comparison especially since you need a cable subscription see, http://thevpn.guru/watch-american-us-netflix-canada-dns-vpn/