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Sky has launched the Sky Go app for Android today. The service brings Sky Sports, Movies and Entertainment content to a range of compatible Android handsets for anyone who currently subscribes to Sky. It’s a real boon for the mobile platform, but there are some interesting caveats…

Android Handsets

Sky Go for Android has launched on seven handsets. These are as follows: HTC Desire, HTC Desire S, HTC Desire HD, HTC Incredible S, HTC Sensation, Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy S2. You’ll notice that there’s currently no love there for any Sony Ericsson, Motorola or LG phones.

Sky’s reasoning is that its featured handsets cover off 60 per cent of the Android market, letting it “deliver Sky Go to a good proportion of our customer base.” A Sky spokesperson added: “We appreciate that the lack of availability on tablets and earlier versions of the Android operating system could be frustrating for some customers, but we are continually working on the Android version of Sky Go and to deliver updated versions.”

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Android operating systems

With this in mind, Sky Go for Android will only work on Android 2.2 and 2.3 handsets. While Sky insists that this currently represents some 85 per cent of the market, it does throw open a sticky situation with regards to Android 4.0 upgrades.

“We are working hard to ensure we can support further Android devices, as well as the latest Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (V4.0) but there are a number of technical considerations,” says the company.

“As Android is an open source platform all Sky Go releases are required to undergo rigorous testing and development when a variation of any operating system or new handset is launched.  As a result, operating system updates (either from your Network Operator or from the device manufacturer) may require a significant amount of work before Sky Go can support them.”

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What does that mean to you? “If existing Sky Go users with V2.2 or 2.3 choose to upgrade to V4.0 they will not be able to stream content through the Sky Go app until the operating system can be fully supported.” In other words: don’t upgrade if you want it to work.

Rooted devices

Sky Go uses a complex system of DRM tech to make sure that its content doesn’t go walkies on the underground Android Market. As such, rooted Android phones won’t be able to access Sky Go for Android. The company says: “Content protection across all Sky Go devices is one of our top priorities and the DRM used to secure our content rights is of the highest industry standard.

“In order to ensure that our rights’ contracts are fully upheld we are also unable to support any Android devices that have been rooted.”

WiFi only

Lastly, if you want to watch Sky content on the bus you’ll need a MiFi in your pocket. Sky Go for Android is WiFi only, we’re afraid. There’s no 3G love on the cards, either. Still, that’s probably a good thing for your monthly data limit – and therefore your wallet.

So there you have it. Disappointed that your Android handset isn’t supported? Let us know below.

  • http://twitter.com/pompeyboyz pompeyboyz

    I wonder how long it will be before the app get unrooted support from someone.

  • http://twitter.com/pompeyboyz pompeyboyz

    I wonder how long it will be before the app get unrooted support from someone.

  • Jat

    I’m about to purchase a Samsung Galaxy Nexus on an Orange 20.50 contract with SkySports as a free ‘swapable’. Or I was. The whole reason for choosing the Orange contract was the swapable. If it won’t work on the Android v4.0 operating system then there’s no point. Very disappointing.

    • Anonymous

      That’s curious – do you have a link for that Jat, we’d like to take a look.

    • Matt

      Orange offer sky sports through a swapable via orange world, it is nothing to do with Sky Go, you will still be able to view Sky Sports and ESPN on your Nexus with ICS, but beware the quality is not as good as Sky Go, I don’t know the reason behind this but the streaming is no where near as good as the Sky Go app…and it makes no difference through wifi or 3g.   Hope this helps.

    • Neelix24

      I’d be interested to learn how you plan to do this seeing as Orange do not carry the Nexus handset and have no plans to do so either.

  • Jimmy

    At the moment, theres no telling when ICS will be released on the Galaxy S2. 

  • Anonymous

    Whoopie.. my handset is supported!
    Although I have just cancelled my Sky subscription.
    The words “too little, too late” spring to mind.

  • Anonymous

    Whoopie.. my handset is supported!
    Although I have just cancelled my Sky subscription.
    The words “too little, too late” spring to mind.

  • B1gduk

    In bed so deep with Apple its untrue. Angry birds works with most Droid devices, tablets …. Didnt hear those developers bitching about this handset and that tablet and talking about technical challenges. There is more to this than meets the eye, much more. So they gave a little due to pressure but are going to give the over priced IPAD a feature boost by making it exclusive to Apple. Simple.

  • B1gduk

    In bed so deep with Apple its untrue. Angry birds works with most Droid devices, tablets …. Didnt hear those developers bitching about this handset and that tablet and talking about technical challenges. There is more to this than meets the eye, much more. So they gave a little due to pressure but are going to give the over priced IPAD a feature boost by making it exclusive to Apple. Simple.

  • Pr Ewins

    This is a joke. I pay for the full sky package and am entitled to this service but instead sky give excuses why they can’t give the service to rooted phones. What we need to do is to get about 500 people that have the full package and that are past their 12month contract to give sky a month to change this stupid excuse or they will cancel their contract and go to bt vision as they have improved a lot and their broadband is much faster. Maybe then when they start losing customers and money they might wake up. Then we get more and more to sign up if that doesn’t work.

  • Mrmikes

    Epic fail from sky what a waste of time

  • Mrmikes

    Epic fail from sky what a waste of time

  • Geoff

    I was happily watching skygo on my Sensation xe. I was notified that an update was available and took it – now skygo doesnt work. Just great! 

  • Geoff

    I was happily watching skygo on my Sensation xe. I was notified that an update was available and took it – now skygo doesnt work. Just great! 

  • Geoff

    I used to watch Sky Sports on my phone while working at the pc. Didn’t realise it wouldnt work when I updated to Android 4. As a result, I’ve cancelled the Sky Sports package. Had to do this over the phone and told them the reason. They passed me to the “Android service” person on the phone who still didn’t seem aware it wouldnt work on Android 4, despite the app stating so. Android 4… saved me 20 quid a month. lol

  • Geoff

    I used to watch Sky Sports on my phone while working at the pc. Didn’t realise it wouldnt work when I updated to Android 4. As a result, I’ve cancelled the Sky Sports package. Had to do this over the phone and told them the reason. They passed me to the “Android service” person on the phone who still didn’t seem aware it wouldnt work on Android 4, despite the app stating so. Android 4… saved me 20 quid a month. lol

  • Rory M

    I am so angry as i used my sky go all the time and updated my galaxy s2 without knowing it wouldn’t work anymore. Sky need to treat their customers equally and bring themselves up to date to follow trends in streaming

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