It has been a few weeks since Sky launched its Sky Go app for Android smartphones. One of its drawbacks has been that it is only supported on a few handsets – mainly the most popular models from HTC and Samsung – and that it’s not compatible with Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
The app enables Sky subscribers (or non subscribers using a pay-as-you-go fee) to watch a range of Sky programmes and movies on the move. It’s also available on the iPhone and iPad.
At the time of writing, Sky last updated its FAQ webpage for the Android app on 23 February. Since then, Ice Cream Sandwich has been made available for a number of the previously compatible phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S2. Although the app still opens at first on a phone running ICS, you are faced with an error report if you try to watch a channel.
However, it appears that Sky is busy preparing an update for Android phones running the latest OS as well as testing the app for releasing on more devices. TechRadar reports that an ICS release is due imminently, possibly during May. It is also likely to be made compatible for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note.
There is no word yet on whether the iOS features absent on the Android version are also being added soon.
One of the difficulties that Sky has encountered is that porting the app to a mobile with an HDMI output would “breach its broadcasting contract”. So until a workaround for that is found, if at all, then the list of supported phones might remain on the short side.