An update to the Sky+ app now allows Android smartphone and tablet users to use their device as a remote control. It allows users to play, pause, rewind, and even change channels via on-screen actions. The feature has been available for iPhone and iPad users for months now.
Aside from basic remote control functions, the app also allows you to set your Sky planner, allowing you to either record new shows or delete old ones.
According to Sky, the app is compatible with any device running at least Android 2.2 (Froyo). This would mean that any smartphone or tablet running the latest version of Android (version 4.2 Jelly Bean) can run the app.
This would be a great way for Sky to win back Android users, which it has angered in the past by giving limited support for Android devices with its Sky Go app (an app that allows subscribers to watch shows from their smartphones or tablets. The app worked perfectly fine with iPhones and iPads, but not on all Android devices. Sky only added support for devices such as the HTC One X and Sony XPERIA T back in December.
According to Sky, the remote control functionality for Android devices is tablet oriented. We’re hoping that this would be the start of better support for Android.
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