July 3, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
HBO has finally made its popular HBO Go application compatible with Android tablets. The premium cable outlet added support for the Amazon Kindle Fire last month but didn’t extend the same courtesy to other Android tablets in the Google Play store. That has changed In its most recent update, which also has “performance improvements and bug fixes.”
HBO Go is now compatible with Android tablets running up to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. I failed to getting it working on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but reports from the Play Store show compatibility with the Motorola Xoom and ASUS Transformer Prime among other tabs. HBO deciding to limit support for Android 2.1 to 4.0 means I unfortunately can’t use the app on my Android 4.1-running Nexus 7, but i can only hope that will be remedied by the time the device officially launches in two weeks.
As for the rest of you tablet owners lucky enough to have access to HBO Go, download the app now if you want to watch full episodes of the best channel on cable. HBO has entire back catalogues of its most popular titles and has full seasons to watch for Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Eastbound Down, and Veep (a hilarious show that I highly recommend). You can even catch up on the latest exploits of Sookie and watch full episodes of True Blood.
An HBO subscription with your cable or satellite provider is required in order to use HBO Go. Have you television provider login information handy because you’ll need it if you plan to start viewing TV on your tablet.