Google mixed things up a bit this week as all of the biggest app updates turned up on Monday, leaving mostly bug fixes and minor tweaks to roll out on Wednesday. We didn't get to see anything exciting from the likes of Keep, Gmail, or most of the other updates, but Play Movies & TV came packing at least one extra. True TV fans will be able to binge watch an uninterrupted stream of episodes from their favorite shows. Read More
CBS is home to the likes of The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, 2 Broke Girls, and three flavors each of CSI and NCIS. That you're reading Android Police means you're probably still too young to be a big CBS fan, but if you have a taste for the network's shows, you will be pleased to know that you can now stream them to your Chromecast.
The CBS Android app provides newer episodes of certain shows for free, but older content and some titles are tucked away behind an All Access subscription that costs $5.99 a month. Read More
Saturday Night Live has brought sketch comedy to weekends for decades, and over the course of that time, NBC has come up with various ways to make sure the skits stick with viewers for the remainder of the week. Its latest approach is to create a dedicated app that you can take everywhere and fill with enough shots of nostalgia to give a committed fan an overdose.
You can download this app to stream all the clips you want without subscribing to anything, and it really only takes a couple of taps to find yourself watching a playlist that takes you down memory lane and leaves you snickering uncomfortably at the back of the bus. Read More
Popular app SeriesGuide was pulled from the Play Store without warning yesterday, but it's already back today. As expected, the problem was the use of (technically) copyrighted content in the screenshots. The developers have rectified this by making the screenshots incredibly boring.
Dish's new Sling TV streaming service has been adding content at a rapid pace since it debuted a few months ago, and today it's trying to get in on the Game of Thrones hype. The new season of the mega-popular series is premiering this weekend, and you'll be able to watch it on Sling TV with a $15 per month subscription. Read More
The base Sling TV package already provides a pretty decent value. For $20, subscribers get access to more than 20 channels over the Internet. More are available through add-on packages.
Now the company is diversifying its portfolio, so to speak. The number of channels available in the US is jumping to nearly 200, spread across 18 languages. They're available as part of Sling International.
Okay, Sling International is really just a new name for DishWorld, the IPTV service Dish Network (which owns Sling TV) started offering in 2012. Read More
Google's Ingress, made by Niantic Labs, has been quite a phenomenon. Those who have paid attention know the game has had a storied history since its initial launch as a closed beta in 2012, and a quick Google+ search shows that engagement doesn't really seem to be slowing down. The Ingress YouTube channel continues to pump out content and updates for players on various in-game goings on.
But, according to a report from The Information, Google isn't content to just have a cult hit of a game on its hands. Google has partnered with Sean Daniel Co. to make a television show based on the game, with producers "in talks with candidates to serve as its showrunner." This information comes from "two people who have been involved in the discussions."
Despite this somewhat surprising rumor, The Info is sure to note that this "doesn't appear to reflect a broader move into film or TV production by Google," and that Google "isn't particularly interested in cashing in on Ingress' worldwide audience, instead viewing the TV show as a deeper extension into the game's hybrid reality-fictional world and a way to provide a more intimate connection with its players."
Indeed, the hybrid nature of the game is one of the facets that propelled it to popularity as users choose sides and vie for portals at real-world physical locations, sometimes cooperating across factions to produce "faction art" like this dragon in Norwich. Read More
Far be it from me to tell gigantic companies like Turner Broadcasting or Time Warner what to do with their Android apps. But when the last version of your official streaming app has what look like Froyo screenshots on the Play Store (from back when it wasn't even the Play Store), it might be time for an update. Adult Swim, the allegedly grown-up portion of Cartoon Network's programming block, now has a much more modern app for fans to watch new shows and back episodes.
As before, the new version of the Adult Swim app lets you watch full episodes of all the current programs, including the usually funny cartoons and usually terrible live-action shows. Read More
It's no secret that Google advocates developing apps with multiple form factors in mind. While not all the apps in Google's own portfolio are quite up to speed on this front, apps like the ones in Google's Play suite have done a nice job so far in supporting phones and tablets alike.
But since I/O 2014, Google's been working on more than just phones and tablets. Last year saw the introduction of Android for TVs, watches, and even cars, so now is the time for developers to start thinking about how their experiences will look and feel on those new form factors.
To that end, Google has announced a new reference sample app - a music player - that's available for developers to play with. Read More