video apps

VLC exits beta, outs stable version

We have much love for the VLC media player – it’s an app for people working on desktops and laptops who want a media player that works with just about any media format you throw at it. It just works, and we were pretty excited when VLC wanted to bring its goods over to Android some two years ago. All that time, the VLC app for Android stayed in beta – until today, when we finally have VLC 1.0 in our hands.

Live on Youtube app updated, more Xperia devices supported

We talked about this cool app a while back, which allows Sony Xperia device users – in actuality, it was initially just for the current flagship, the Sony Xperia Z2 – to broadcast live video over their Youtube channel. An update for the “Live on Youtube” app has just rolled out from Sony, and we’re getting news that more devices are supported.

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.
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