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

May 5, 2012
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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.

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