pre-registration page for those Android users who'd like access to the Android version of the SlingPlayer app as soon as it's available. The app - the beta of which we tested last month - allows Sling users to view their streamed TV and DVR content across WiFi or 3G networks.
SlingPlayer for Android beta, we knew we had to have a try ourselves. After a little cajoling we got our hands on the pre-release software and booted it up on a Google Nexus One for a place-shifting play. The app is clearly almost ready for prime-time, though we did encounter some issues when it came to closing and reopening it. Image quality over WiFi was decent - especially since we were testing the app in the UK, with content being shifted from a US-based Slingbox hooked up to a DISH Network STB - though we haven't been able to get it working over 3G as yet. [Update: We've spoken with Sling Media about the 3G connection issues we've been seeing, and they think it could be to do with the O2 network in the UK that our Nexus One is using; apparently they've seen similar issues with O2 iPhones. They're looking into the issue and we'll revisit this when they have a solution; needless to say, they intend Sling over 3G to work on Android, and it's performing just as it should over US 3G networks.] More first-impressions over at SlashGear. [vms 9018052c429cc4e56739] [gallery]
Sling Media have confirmed that their SlingPlayer for Android client will be released Summer 2010, having previously confirmed that they were "keeping an eye on" the Android platform. The app will stream over both 3G and WiFi, bringing content from your home Slingbox to your Android smartphone screen. It's pretty hard to make out in androidandme's video below, but Sling are showing the client running on both a Google Nexus One and a Motorola DROID. According to the company rep, the UI for the app hasn't been completely finished, but it's expected to resemble the interface on their iPhone version. No word on how much the SlingPlayer for Android app will cost, though the iPhone, Windows Phone, Symbian and BlackBerry are all priced at $29.99. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brSQk7QxMZs[/youtube] [via UltraMobilePCTips]
one of our very own, have come across an un-official confirmation that Sling Media's mobile player will make its way to Android handsets. SlingPlayer is software that allows streaming of user content from Slingbox, a home media set-top unit, over the internet to computers and other mobile devices. We don't have any timeframes just yet, but a software developer connected with Sling Media has targeted Android as the next potential platform to tackle. Sling Media forum user and developer MegaZone writes, "At this time we have not officially announced any development for Android or webOS, but we’re keeping an eye on both of them. Android seems to be the next logical platform, looking at the overall market, and Sling reps have talked about it a few times. I believe some have gone as far as to say it is our next platform, but I won’t since we haven’t made any announcements. The kind of support we’re seeing through the OHA is very promising, and if even some of the announced devices and partners come to market it will be a strong player." "There has to be a business justification to invest the resources in developing the client. The next logical platform is Android, which we're already taking a strong look at. Unlike webOS, Android already has multiple announced devices with commitments from several major device makers for even more, with carriers lined up world-wide. Remember that from our point of view it is the intersection of users with the platform *and* a Slingbox who are also interested in using SPM. Engineering resources aren't free, so there has to be some return on investment." Without coming out and saying, it would appear Sling Media has taken a wait-and-see stance with webOS, sure to be another heavy competitor in the smartphone arena. With several Android-based phones already announced and more reportedly on the way, the platform seems indeed logical as the next obstacle Sling Media must overcome in taking over the streaming media universe. Purely as speculation, one has to wonder if Sling Media would host some type of beta program with a mobile application on Android, given the open-nature of the platform. Wouldn't that just be aces?