Sky Go on Android Smartphones
Sky Go is an online service from the British satellite broadcasting company Sky that allows users to watch live and on demand television shows online, much like services such as Netflix and Hulu in the United States. It’s been available since January 2006, and it has proven to be very popular among Web users throughout the United Kingdom. Although it was initially intended for personal computers, it has since been made available for the Apple iPhone and iPad.
Until recently, Android smartphone users who wanted to use the Sky Go app were out of luck. Fortunately for them, Sky Go has been released for use with the Android operating system. This is good news indeed, but as most technology blogs will tell you, the app is still fairly new and has a few kinks to work out.
The Sky Go app was released for the Android smartphone operating system this past February. As with the version of the app that is available for other smartphones, it allows Android users to watch on demand shows as well as 22 channels of streaming video on their mobile devices. This is obviously very exciting news. First of all, it further blurs the line between smartphones and other forms of technology. In fact, some might argue that calling an Android or iPhone a phone at all is almost a disservice to the technology. Not only are smartphones coming close to becoming personal computers that fit into our pockets, but with the advent of apps like Sky Go, they can count as miniature televisions as well. This means that people who get their news from their televisions or wish to keep up on their favorite sports can do so on the go without having to wait until they get home. This also means that long car rides may end up being a little easier when passengers can watch TV on their phones. In short, you’ll always have a television at your fingertips.
Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks to this app. Since the Android version of Sky Go is still in its infancy, there are still some issues that need to be ironed out. The list of Android smartphones that support the app is currently pretty small, and none of them support Sky’s on demand movie service. This sounds unfortunate, but the truth is that this isn’t too much of a drawback. It’s a new technology, and it takes time to perfect any new technology. As long as Android users are patient and give the Sky Go app enough time, it’s certain to catch up to its iPhone and iPad bretheren.
It cannot be denied that the future of communications technology looks bright, even if not every app and new device works perfectly right out of the gate. Android devices and other smartphones have already become more than just simple telephones; they work great as miniature personal computers and even televisions. If you want to learn more about programming for these devices, consider earning a degree in communication studies either online or in a classroom.