UPDATE: Sky has confirmed to Electricpig that the Sky Go Android app does not require Adobe Flash. That points to faster performance, but does also make the small range of supported devices rather puzzling.
The Sky Go Android app for watching the broadcaster’s channels on the go will arrive by the end of February, BSkyB announced today. There’s just one little catch: while every recent iOS device supports it, only a handful of Android phones will to start with. Is yours one of them?
The Sky Go Android app will arrive on the Android Market towards the end of next month, bringing the same features that Apple has enjoyed for a while now to Google’s platform. Right now, that amounts to the five Sky Sports channels, ESPN, Sky News and all the Sky Movies channels, depending on your subscription.
That will be expanded next month however when Sky 1, Sky Living and Sky Arts 1 are added to the service. Sky Atlantic, out on Sky Go for iOS today, will be available on Android by the end of February. The dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel will arrive on Sky Go in March, while on demand movies will debut on Android later in the year.
We’re big fans of Sky Go on iPhone, so this is good news, but there is a catch. Right now, the only supported Android handsets are the HTC Desire, HTC Desire S, HTC Desire HD, HTC Incredible S, HTC Sensation, Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy S2.
When we asked what models would be supported next, a spokeperson obliquely replied that the company would “be bringing Sky Go to more devices over time and will continue to assess demand to make sure we deliver the service to as many customers as possible.”
Still, it’s not all bad news. Android being Android, we’d expect hackers to find a way round this limitation in no time. Stay tuned: we’ll update when the Sky Go Android app arrives.