Hey, Sky? You do know that the same Google Play Store listing can be used for both smartphone and tablet versions of an app, right? No? You're still going with separate smartphone and tablet apps, like it's 2010? Okay then. The Sky Go tablet app has the same basic features of the smartphone app, but it's restricted to 7" or larger tablets running Android 4.0 or later.
Kidding aside, the feature set of the Sky Go app is pretty admirable, with live TV and streaming TV on demand. According to the app description there are "over 800 movies" and more TV shows than you can shake a sheleighly at across 11 movie channels, Sky Atlantic, Sky 1, Sky Living, Sky Arts, and Sky News, and various sports channels. Read More
Getting your hands (eyes?) on HBO programming isn't the easiest task in the world. The shows traditionally come served as an update to your monthly cable package, aren't available on Netflix, and are slow to come to DVD. Yet here in the US, some of the programming is conveniently available straight from Google Play. You just have to be willing, in the case of Game of Thrones, to part with $2.99 per episode or $28.99 a season. Now our friends across the pond in the UK are free to make the same choice.
Virgin Media TV customers in the UK, you can now watch your TiVo live television service or recorded programs on your Android device, anywhere! Anywhere with a WiFi connection, that is. Assuming that you've got a phone or tablet running Android 2.3 through 4.3, but not KitKat 4.4. Oh, and you can't be rooted. Have fun!
All kidding aside, there seem to be some serious issues with Virgin's new TV Anywhere app for Android, starting with the aforesaid KitKat support. Other early reviews are decrying the lack of support for older, non-TiVo Virgin DVRs and the rooted device restriction, which American football fans can probably sympathize with. Read More
We've heard more than a few laments from HTC fans about the lack of an expandable storage option for the flagship HTC One. If you still want a One with a MicroSD card slot (and you happen to live in the United Kingdom), HTC is about to make your dreams come true. The HTC One model 802w, with a removable back panel revealing dual SIM slots and a MicroSD card slot, is now being offered as a pre-order.
This is very likely a localized version of a similar Chinese variant of the One, offered for a market where dual SIM card slots are in much higher demand. Read More
Normally we're pretty pleased when we can report that a new country or carrier has enabled the option for carrier billing in the Google Play Store, allowing customers to charge app and media purchases directly to their phone bill. But for some reason, European carrier Vodafone seems to have dropped the option entirely. Vodafone has disappeared from the list of carrier billing partners on Google's Play Store support page, and we've confirmed the loss of capability from individual users in the UK, Germany, Italy, and Spain.
Neither Vodafone nor Google have given an explanation as to why the billing feature has been dropped. Read More
The once and future king of mini-consoles has made a bit of a splash in the news the last few weeks, but for those of you who actually own and use an OUYA, there's good news in the form of a software update. The company posted a full changelog to the official blog yesterday, and the third major update should be making its way to your console now if you don't have it already. The developers focused on better game organization in the Discover window, among other things.
An older version of the interface, from Ryan Whitwam's OUYA Review. Read More
United Kingdom citizens, your long wait for LTE service is finally over... assuming you haven't gotten fed up and switched to EE already. Vodafone and O2, half of the UK's "big four" wireless providers, have both switched on their 4G/LTE networks today. Vodafone's LTE network is limited to London at the moment, while O2's network fares slightly better with a rollout to London, Leeds, and Bradford.
EE has had a de facto monopoly on LTE/4G in the UK (none of the carriers across the pond ever muddied the "4G" name with HSPA service, so the terms are interchangeable) since October of last year thanks to the government's spectrum licensing. Read More
The recently refreshed ASUS Nexus 7 is now available directly from Google's Play Store in Europe in France, Germany, Japan, Spain, and UK as well as in Asia in Japan. Both 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi-only variants are being offered - we're still counting down days till the launch of the LTE version.
The 5 new countries join the 2 existing ones (U.S. and Canada) for a grand total of 7. Compared to the 2012 Nexus 7, we're still missing Australia, South Korea, and India, so it's possible we're going to see the list expand soon. Read More
It's been nine months to the day since Android 4.2 was announced, and just under four months since Samsung's first non-Nexus 4.2 devices started hitting the shelves. But apparently it takes at least that long to make sure that every non-touch gesture and gyroscopic scrolling function works with a new version of Android. Case in point: both the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 WiFi (GT-P3110) in the UK and the Galaxy Note 8.0 3G (GT-N5100) in Germany are just now getting updated, according to SamMobile.
Screenshot taken by XDA poster Aaron_Knowles
The 4.2.2 update for Samsung's tablets has been kind of sporadic. Read More
By now you've heard all about the new Nexus 7. You know that it comes with Android 4.3 and supports multiple user profiles. You've seen that it's significantly more powerful than last year's model. We've all been reading up on this device for weeks now, and now all that matters is when the device will become available. People in the US can pick up the device in any number of big box stores or get one directly from Google Play already. As for the UK, the 7-inch tablet is coming on August 28.
This launch date is only a few weeks from now, just a month after the device launched in the US. Read More