Are you a fan of HBO or Cinemax? You’ll be pretty happy with the latest updates to the HBO GO and MAX GO apps, which have added in incredibly convenient HDMI support. Now you’ll be able to get your favorite television shows on your big screen television easier than ever. This is a definite improvement over having to watch content on your phone screen all the time. Hit the link below to get your hands on the update.
Considering our Android smartphones and tablets can handle HD content and allow us to view the content onto a bigger screen via HDMI, you’d think that it would be fairly common for apps to allow for those cool features. However, HBO Go and Cinemax are two apps that can surprisingly handle high-quality content, yet does not allow users to utilize HDMI. While it is a major bummer, it would be wise to remember that there are crafty Android users who can always find a workaround to such and yes friends— a crafty Android user managed to get HDMI working on the HBO Go and Cinemax apps. XDA member HBOTroll1 managed to modify both apps’ .apk files and managed to have the HDMI fully functional. HBOTroll1 was only able to test the customized .apk files out on his DROID 4 smartphone, but it’s expected that it will work on most other phones as well. It appears as though the customized files will possibly work on non-rooted devices as well, but there is no official word or confirmation just yet.
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The HBO Go app received an update yesterday that originally stated it supported Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, along with “performance enhancements and bug fixes”. Unfortunately, many of us who own Jelly Bean devices such as the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7, discovered the app actually didn’t work.
Luckily HBO updated their app quickly, most likely changing permissions in the Play Store to allow devices actually running Jelly Bean, and the app is now available to download on the Nexus 7. Hit the break for download links.
Even though HBO GO was made available for the Kindle Fire last month, full Android tablet support was still lacking. For a streaming video app, this was nearly inexcusable. But the latest update has changed all that. Any Android tablet running any version of Android up to 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich should be able to install and run the latest HBO GO.
Interestingly, the app will not run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean yet, but considering there aren’t many tablets that are officially running the days-old version of Android, there’s still time to catch up. To be able to use the app, you need to already have a subscription to HBO with your cable company. If you do, and you also have an Android tablet, grab the update from the download link below and start streaming.
Kindle Fire owners should be pleased to know that the HBO Go app is now compatible with the device. Starting today, you can grab the HBO Go app from the Amazon Appstore and stream videos without having to use your browser. Unfortunately the app still doesn’t support other Android tablets but I imagine that future updates will slowly bring more tablet compatibility. For those of you Kindle Fire owners who also have a HBO subscription you can grab the app from the Amazon link below. Full press release and promo video after the break.
Hungry for more ways to legally stream movies and TV shows to your Android? Home Box office Inc has just released a Cinemax version of its popular HBO GO application to the Android Market called MAX GO. Just like HBO GO, it’s free for Cinemax subscribers to enjoy over 400 hit movies and Max After Dark series (access may vary by your service provider).
Being an AT&T U-verse subscriber, I’m a little disappointed MAX GO is currently not available (though it’s an option in the sign-in list). Hopefully this will be addressed soon.
It’s great to see more ways to enjoy a service you already pay for on the GO at no extra cost. Grab the app for free in the market link below.
There was word several days ago that HBO would be launching an application for streaming and viewing content on your Android device with a date at the end of the video for 5/2. Well, thanks to Direct TV’s official Twitter account, it looks like it’s been confirmed. On May 2nd HBO subscribers will now be able to view all of their favorite HBO shows……..on the GO. There’s still no word as to which “selected” devices are going to carry the service yet. This also begs the question, will the services required a dual-core CPU or not? Only time will tell, so be sure to stay tuned because we’ll be all over it when it’s officially released. Let us know what you think of the service to be in the comments below.