Looks like Google is hitting roadblocks at every turn with their eponymous TV hardware - which is really a shame, given just how much potential it seems to have. A few weeks ago, the major networks decided to start blocking Google TVs from accessing their content, whether it was via their proprietary feeds (i.e. ABC.com) or directly through Hulu. Just about the only method of streaming left was Fancast (which actually backdoors content from Hulu).
Sony's Crackle app has landed in the Android Market, and brings streaming of original shorts, TV shows, and movies to Android. The app is free, but requires a premium subscription to view TV shows and movies. At $5/month, the premium content isn't necessarily expensive, but after quickly running through the app, I'd have to say it's probably not worth it unless you're pretty desperate.
A word on the app itself: it's small, installs quickly, and runs smoothly.
The Acer Stream is coming to the UK, and it’s coming soon. Acer’s newest and most powerful Android device to date will initially be available exclusively through eXpansys.com in the UK starting on August 2nd. £400 will get you the device, unlocked. This is your only purchase option, as no carrier subsidies have yet been announced. I will say it’s pretty robust on the spec-sheet. The Stream features:
- A 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
- 3.7” WVGA AMOLED Display
- 512MB ROM / 512MB RAM
- 2GB Internal (Flash) Memory
- MicroSD Card Slot
- WiFi (presumably B/G/N), Bluetooth, and GPS
- Mini HDMI-out
- 3.5mm Headphone Jack
- 720P (24FPS) Video Recording
- 5MP Camera
- Android 2.1 with Acer Touch 3D UI 4.0
And here is the Stream, in all its glory:
The first thing I notice about the Stream is its lack of a trackball, d-pad, or optical trackpad.
The long awaited Sling Player Mobile application is now officially available on the Android Market, with download numbers <50 (i.e. moments ago).
Sling promised the app would go live tomorrow but pulled the trigger early and launched it today instead (though I guess it is tomorrow in some time zones).
Update: their Android page is now live.
Things are looking good - so far all 3 reviews are 5 stars, though this may change when we get more installations.
While the name leaves a little to be desired, the Acer Stream was recently approved by the FCC and will soon be on its way into the hands of consumers.
With specs that closely resemble the likes of the Nexus One and the Droid Incredible, the Acer Stream (a.k.a Liquid Stream) boasts some pretty decent hardware and even better, comes with Android 2.1, although hopefully we’ll see Android 2.2 shortly after the release.