video apps

Android finally gets Vodio, the video searching application

Vodio, the video searching application that merges Youtube, video news results, and other services such as DailyMotion together in one vast detailed list of results based on search subjects, has finally made its way over to Android. Previously it was only available on iOS, where it began to garner rave reviews. But surprisingly, that's not the biggest news of all.

Cinegram app release means more animated GIFs from Android users

Cinegram, for those not familiar with the name, is an app that will allow you to create and share animated GIFs. The good, or possibly bad news given some of the GIFs that you may end up seeing is the app has just today launched for Android. Yes, this is another case of an app spending quite a bit of time as iOS only. We will not let that get us upset though because as of today we can share in the animated GIF fun that comes with being a Cinegram user.

Vine job posting suggests an Android app is coming

Vine launched a short while back, and while it came with lots of hype, it did so without support for Android. Simply put, Vine launched as yet another app that ignored Android upon launch. We suspect there may be a little bitterness and we would be lying if we were to say that we were not anxious to give it a try. But as of today, there may be a glimmer of hope for Vine on Android.

DirecTV app adds streaming for HBO, Starz and Cinemax

Good news, DirecTV subscribers: you can now stream television directly to your Android smartphone or tablet! Well, sort of. You can't stream TV, but you can stream HBO, Cinemax, Starz, Encore, the Audience Network, Sony Movie Channel, and the few shows and movies available on DIRECTV CINEMA. Naturally, you'll need to subscribe to these channels in order to stream them. You could already stream HBO and Cinemax via their individual apps. You can download it in the Google Play Store now, but you'll  need a DirecTV account to sign in.

Time Warner Cable TV streaming denied to Android root users

Android users had to wait over a year for a version of the Time Warner Cable app that streamed live video in addition to programming and schedule features. And it's finally here - but not for everybody. The latest update to the TWC TV app in the Google Play Store adds live streaming for Ice Cream Sandwich tablets and smartphones, but if you're rooted, you're out of luck - streaming video is blocked for all rooted devices. Users are reporting their frustration in the app reviews section, with dozens calling the move unfair.

The Daily Show comes to Android – still no full episodes

The Daily Show, the only source of world news for the young, uneducated and cynical, has finally come to Android... in clip form. While parent company Viacom keeps a deathgrip on the streaming of its full episodes until Hulu customers pony up for Plus, you can at least get some native short-form video on your Android phone or tablet. The Daily Show Headlines app presents clips and bits from episodes up to two weeks old, as well as selections from the show's 15-year backlog and web-only content from show host John Stewart.

Time Warner Cable: ICS Android app will get video streaming soon

In a trend that's frustratingly common among TV service providers, Time Warner Cable published an Android app - minus the TV streaming aspect that iOS versions of the app enjoy. TWC has been  talking up a functional upgrade for Android users for some time, but they finally came out with a semi-solid plan for adding streaming to the app, with a targeted release before Memorial Day (May 28th). There's a catch, though: you'll only be able to stream video if your device runs Ice Cream Sandwich.

Ustream app updates to version 2.0

With more than a little excitement, streaming website Ustream announced today that their Android app had been downloaded 2.5 million times. Interesting, since it's been out for almost exactly 2.5 years. Anyhoo, to celebrate the conjunction of two completely unrelated statistics, they've updated their app with some significant new functionality, including a complete user interface overhaul.

Google TV adds international content channels

Google TV is still available in the US only, but if you're an immigrant or expatriate longing for the soothing TV shows of home, you're in luck. Google just announced via its Google TV blog that a host of international channels are being added to the Google Play Store, specifically designed for viewing on Google TV. All the new apps feature localized content for free... just not local to their respective nations. That's right, you still have to reside in the United States (or be pretty handy with a proxy) to get to any of it.

The CW Android app means you’ll never miss The Vampire Diaries again

If you're between the ages of 13 and 25, female, American, and at least mildly interested in romance topped with fantasy and science fiction, odds are pretty good that you're a regular viewer of at least one show on The CW. While Hulu's rather antiquated views on mobile content mean you've got to pay to watch The Vampire Diaries or Gossip Girl on Hulu Plus, there's now an alternative: the official CW app. This brand-spankin' new video service brings all of the CW's original content to Android, and you won't even have to dip into your lunch money to watch it.
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