HBO adds ICS support for HBO Go and Max App, still incompatible with Android tablets

by: Bams SadewoMay 5, 2012

Want to get your weekly fix of Game of Thrones while you’re out and about, so that you won’t miss yet another major character being killed off? This is where the HBO Go app would come in really handy. Pleasing the Android crowds even more is the news that HBO has updated its HBO Go and Max Go apps by making them compatible with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones. Aside from the ICS support, the updates also include some performance enhancements and bug fixes.

While the update is welcomed by owners of smartphones running ICS with HBO subscription — since HBO doesn’t offer an a la carte option — it seems HBO isn’t yet ready to bring tablet support, even for those that tout ICS. This has been a cause of frustration for many Android tablet owners who wonder why HBO is discriminating their choice of (tablet) lifestyle, given the fact that the app works on Apple’s iPad.

To be fair, it seems making HBO Go available on Android involves more than just taking care of the software side of things. According to HBO senior vice president of digital platforms Alison Moore, bringing Android tablet support will involve HBO working with providers like Comcast to provide authentication, which sounds like a lot of paperwork.

Anyway, if Android tablet owners continue to speak up on the matter, we’re sure HBO will get the message and make the apps compatible with Android tablets too. In the meantime, check out this list of apps you can use to stream video and the likes.

  • r barnes

    Don’t know about other tablets but HBO GO now working on Acer A100 running Android 4.03.

  • Chopper Joe

    HBO GO (works on HTC Flyer. According to market description, works on all versions Android including Honeycomb.

  • Jaranjames

    I wish it would work on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 it runs very well on my HTC OG EVO

  • Biggeno313

    Just downloaded it on my Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.biggeno313biggeno313

  • Jdm762

    Last night I received my new Acer a510. I was VERY upset that HBO GO does not work on ICS 4.04, on 10″ tablets. It only works on phones and smaller tablets with phone based ICS. Comcast Xfinity also does not have a “Play Now” for Android apps. ????????

  • Germainetarver

    I keep getting an error message when I try to playback any series from the HBO GO app: “Your current HTTP proxy is not supported by this application. Please remove it from your Wi-Fi settings to enable video playback,” but how do I do this?

    I would appreciate dome direction to correct this problem, as it renders this app useless to me! I have an iPhone 4 cell phone

  • Letgoofmyears

    This actually works great, on at least SOME tablets. My wife has a rooted Nook Color, unsure of which custom ROM, and I’m using a Viewsonic G Tablet, running a custom version of Froyo (I think it’s Froyo. It’s 2.2, anyway). The only thing is that since it isn’t OPTIMIZED for tablets, everything you have to do prior to actually watching a movie (selecting a movie/program, signing in to your TV provider, etc) HAS to be done in the upright, portrait mode.

  • kd94025

    That seems bizarre, as HBO GO worked on my tablet when it had Gingerbread on it.

  • John O’Connor

    my a$$!! the app already requires you to authenticate with your cable providers login on the android phone app(ICS and Gingerbread) and does the same on GB tablets.

    There is no excuse other than a possible backhanded deal with Apple or the Cable Providers wanting more money for a service they do not host or provide. it is not that hard to optimize the existing ICS app to work on tablets.